Today I read a long article on the Christian Science Monitor site. For several years I subscribed to the Christian Science Monitor print version. Within journalism, it was regarded as among the great newspapers. It’s on-line version continues this tradition.
The article was an in depth look at a growing group of devout Christians who no longer attend church. As within any large group, there are many views and ways of handling this new development in peoples’ lives.
In spite of differences, a theme runs through the several interviews in the article. It is that these ex church Christians became disenchanted with their church’s practice of judging others. They now feel more comfortable practicing their faith without mixing in the institutional church’s practice of condemning groups it considers sinful.
To the extent this represents no-church Christians, it conforms to what I think has become a prevailing moral standard in U. S. society. It is a standard taught in elementary public schools where I have lived and I have overheard parents reinforcing what their children have been taught. It is that diversity in race, sexual orientation and creed is a good thing and it is to be respected, not condemned.
Thus, when the parents attend their church and hear the preacher doing exactly what they have taught their children not to do, they quit.
We all know the likely issues, homosexuality and the role of women in the church. I think the no-church Christian numbers have increased because of backwards views within some churches.
[The Christian Science article can be linked in comments.]