A pastor asked me today if I had heard about fiction writer Anne Rice and her statement that she was giving up on Christianity, not on Jesus, but on Christianity. She said that what she saw of Christianity turned her against it.
I told him about many of you who are frustrated with organized churches.
I asked him what could be done. What can people of faith, Christians, do to make Christianity better?
You see, there is always a problem that what we think is a solution will actually make the problem worse.
That is what happened with the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood. They thought that if they just got the women back under control, families would automatically return to what they considered the ideal.
Instead, they made the problem worse. They became the problem. With their ultra fundamentalism, with their taste of power, and the love of power and money borne of that, they became a greater problem than if they had just left things alone.
It happened with the Inquisition. The taste of power became so consuming that they could not let it go. By trying to make everyone righteous, they lost sight of Christ.
What can we do to save Christianity – without making it worse?
I don’t know. I do know that women are not the cause of Christianity losing its focus. Why not give women a chance to see if we can’t help restore the body of Christ?