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是時候我們在教會裡不要再說謊

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At my church, part of what we tell people in the welcoming statement the pastor makes at the beginning of each service is that this is a place where you can “come as you are.” But I have to say, that’s hard to do when it feels like your “as you are” could be so much more screwed up and messy than everyone else’s.

So I come as my slightly-airbrushed-to-fit-in-self. The one without glaring failures in faith, hope and love. The one without questions about why God isn’t doing more smiting, using the friggin’ lightning bolts, fixing things. The one without fears that keep me awake at night and a nasty little mother of an eating disorder I struggle with daily. The one who doesn’t get angry and have trouble forgiving others and herself, and often, even God.

There are some widely quoted Pew Research Center studies reporting on the million-plus Americans who have left or are leaving the church and the Church’s response to this exodus has often been to work harder on the “show.” To up the production values. To get bigger screens, and better worship bands, and pastors with the right hair in the right places. And we have succeeded, in many cases, in making church as hip and relevant and breezy and entertaining as a Ted Talk crossed with a pop concert.

And still people are walking away.

Maybe it’s partly because they’re kinda tired of the BS.

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