Leaving Christianity in the name of Christ

It has been fascinating reading about author Anne Rice’s decision to leave Christianity in the name of Christ(Disclaimer…I love Anne Rice’s work.)

She first let the world know via Facebook:

For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten …years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.

The media and internets have been abuzz about her announcement.

Of course, you have Christian and Catholic h a t e r s coming out loving it too…but me digress.

I have to admit, her announcement has stirred some internal debates in my Byrd brain.

But if anything, it has reaffirmed something to me that is at the center of my beliefs and that Anne Rice says in an interview about her decision.

It’s talking to God, putting things in the hands of God, trusting that you’re living in God’s world and praying for God’s guidance. And being absolutely faithful to the core principles of Jesus’ teachings.

Because of worshiping as a Catholic since I arrived on the planet, I am predisposed or conditioned to think of God and Jesus in the Catholic way…but to me it is the ‘core’ that matters…with or without the organized aspect of religion, that ‘core’ will always be there for me.  I think that part of what Anne Rice is getting at.  I also recognize and understand her frustrations with organized Christianity…I am there too at times.


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