Kissing Josh Harris Goodbye
He didn’t really say why, though he did apologize for the usual litany of conservative Christian beliefs.
It’s obvious that at the very least, he’s deconstructing his faith, probably in light of personal crises.
I’ve had some very close friends enter the same process in the midst of great disappointments, tragedy, abuse, depression, and other factors.
The interesting thing to me isn’t Harris’s announcement…I’ve never found him to be that interesting at all, frankly.
The interesting thing to me has been the reactions of other professing believers.
“If he were ever a real Christian, he would never leave…”
“I could never do that…”
“Once you’ve really met Jesus, you would never leave Him…”
“It just proves he was never one of us…”
Evidently, the story of “doubting” Thomas was erased from their copy of the inerrant Scriptures…
If Harris is actually an apostate, then the proper response is mourning and prayers that Jesus will leave the 99 to bring back the one.
If he’s simply going through a very dark night of the soul, then the same response is proper.
Self righteous condemnation and the constant presentation of your spiritual superiority won’t help him and makes some of us nauseous.
I’ve spent a lot of time in some very dark places..so close to the edge of leaving…and it wasn’t the harping of the religious that kept me in the faith, it was the kindness of Jesus incarnated in His people that did.
Some of you are so excited about the possibility of someone else going to hell that you make hell a preferable destination to spending eternity with you.
I stay close to my doubting friends and the ones who have left the faith…because if I leave them now it simply means that the only reason I loved them in the first place was because they affirmed my own beliefs and that was where I found value in them.
That is nothing more than narcissism.
So I pray that Harris and all my friends find their way back home…while I pray that some of my other friends find the humility to help shine the light on that path for them.
Make your own application…