“I used to be a Christian, but…” (real confessions from Facebook friends)

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In ten years of touring with “Christian bands,” I’d say one of the most common–and surprising–paths I’ve witnessed so many bands take, goes something like this:

new band on fire for God, praying before every show, no drinking, no cussing, praying with and meeting fans every night.  And 4 years later?  living with girlfriends, no longer involved in the church, still in the band, but believes everything from hardcore atheism to agnostic to just been burnt by the church and doesn’t really know anymore.

In a recent series of posts on Emery’s Facebook page, I was reflecting on the last ten years of our career and how much has changed for us and our fans during this last decade.  In a particular post I asked this question,

“How many of you were “on fire for God” ten years ago and now no longer believe?”

I’d like to share a few of the 379 answers that we received.  I want you, the reader, to try and feel these comments in balance with how much we celebrate new believers and baptisms and other things churches count and boast about.  Each comment below represents a person that was once celebrated as a new brother and sister in Christ.   What you’ll read below is the tiny subset of the small world known as “Emery fans on Facebook.” Try and imagine the real epidemic this represents.  

I don’t want to draw too many conclusions or explain this; I mainly just want to share it.  I do want the reader to be clear on some things.

  • These comments are heartbreaking, scary and sad to me.
  • I too LOVE to celebrate new believers and Baptisms.
  • I am not claiming to know if any of these folks are or were definitely believers
  • There were also many encouraging responses to the question along the lines of, “I was an atheist 10 years ago and now I am a believer.

The worst part about all this is that this group of disenfranchised people is now going to be the HARDEST to reach as they quite logically have been in our shoes already and have as they say, “moved on.”  We (the church) do a pretty good job of attracting “seekers,” the un-churched, skeptics, and those who have yet to decide what they believe, but we severely under report and fail to care for those who have left the church.  This is especially sad considering the likelihood that these people never truly encountered Jesus in the first place and yet think they have, “been there, done that.

 

How many of you were “on fire for God” ten years ago and now doesn’t really believe anymore?

 

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