Miniblog #239: The Thing I Dislike Most About Christianity
For reasons I cannot explain, the past few days I’ve been thinking on what I dislike most about Christianity. Is it the Protestant fundamentalists who conceal their uncharitable militancy beneath pious, biblical language? How about the anti-intellectualism that’s such an affront to my personal faith? What about evangelicalism’s defiling of artistic culture–ruining books, music, and film? Perhaps the snooty condescension of those who believe they’re part of the one true expression of the faith? Or maybe the epidemic of plank-in-eye disease among Christ’s followers? Who can ignore the divinely-sanctioned genocide in Joshua? Is is that people treat the discipline of theology as an intellectual competition rather than the pursuit of both knowledge of and relationship with God? Could it be that it’s just so dang hard and counter-intuitive to faithfully live out? These and many other such options have been bouncing around in my head. At the end of the day, however, the decision ended up being much more mundane and practical. The thing I dislike most about Christianity is that it ruins my favorite night of the week. Seriously, I love Saturday night. You’re not coming down off the stressful week when all you want to do is rest like Friday night. You’re not amping yourself up for the upcoming week like Sunday night. Saturday night is that weekend midpoint when you’re finally able to completely take the load off. That plus I’m allowed to fully unsuppress my inner-night owl. I enjoy few things more than staying up until 4:00 AM on a Saturday night finishing a project, having a quality conversation, watching a movie, reading a book, writing a blog post, or simply reflecting on life. Each week I eagerly await it, knowing that for a few brief hours I’ll feel truly alive. It frustrates me to no end, then, that I have to sacrifice that in order to not feel crap throughout Sunday morning. This is why I’m a big fan of 11:00 AM services. It’s a silly complaint, but it’s honest.