A little while ago I was visiting with a 17 year old, I learned about his life as a young man dealing with knowing he was different than most boys. When he came out as a homosexual as a young teenager his mother refused to accept his identity, or him.
He has come a long way in the last three or four years and seems to me to be impressively comfortable in his own skin. He is far more at peace with himself than the typical 17 year old.
Toward the end of our conversation I asked him about religion. He explained that he doesn’t feel he had much use for most organized religion (read “Christianity”), but then explained what he is interested in in a religion. He wants to be part of a religion that
- focuses on life here and now
- respects the earth and its resources
- is about helping people understand and get along with each other.
The question blaring in my head was: how could a religion that claims to be of Jesus NOT fit in these categories?
I realize, of course, that many current expressions of Christianity fail on at least 2 of the 3 counts above. Perhaps this is why so many people these days do not seem very interested in Christianity. Perhaps this is why, as Dan Kimball says, “they like Jesus but not the Church.”