Unchristian


you should also read: brokenness-quebrantado 

I am reading a new book, Unchristian by David Kinnaman, “What a new generation really think about christianity” Here are some of the things I have read:
“Most people I meet assume that Christian mean very conservative, entrenched in their thinking, antigay, antichoice, angry, violent, illogical, empire builders; they want to convert everyone, and they generally cannot live peacefully with anyone who doesn’t believe what they believe” (an outsider) We have become famous for what we oppose, rather than who we are. In our national surveys with young people, we found three most common perceptions of present-day Christianity are antihomosexual (an image held by 91 percent of young outsiders), judgmental (87 percent), and hypocritical (85 percent). These big three are followed by the following negative perceptions, embraced by a majority of young adults: [and when the book refers to young adults is between 18 to 29 years old] old fashioned, too involved in politics, out of touch with reality, insensitive to others, boring, not accepting of other faiths, and confusing. Only a small percentage of outsiders strongly believe that the labels ‘respect, love, and trust’ describe Christianity.”

This is some of the thoughts for young people outside of the church. Let see some of the thoughts of young people (Mosaic-1984-2002 and Busters -1965-1983) who are inside of a church: “These young Christians feel disconnection between their lives today and the way Jesus lived–a mission to bring the kingdom of God into sharp focus for all people, especially whose who have deepest needs. These young adults worry that the unchristian message has become one of self-preservation rather than one of world restoration. One thirty-five-year-old believer from California put it this way: ‘Christians have become political, judgmental, intolerant, weak, religious, angry, and without balance. Christianity has become a nice Sunday drive. Where is the living God, the Holy Spirit, an amazing Jesus, the love, the compassion, the holiness? This type of life, how I yearn for that”

Any thoughts? 

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  1. I think I linked off of Joanna’s site which I randomly stumbled upon while browsing blogs with similiar book interests. If I recall correctly I was looking at bloggers who enjoyed Messy Spirituality. 🙂 That’s the story!

  2. I am amazed how God is connecting people through the world of blogging. About being a messy one…I am the first one!!Being real, open, broken, messy, vulnerable is what I try to live…still needs so much to learn….thanks for taking the first step when leaving a comment, I enjoy reading your writings also….Breath God, Respira Dios

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