A Christian in a Pub

I really do not like Christians.

Well, I should say I used to not like Christians. After being in seminary for far longer than I had originally intended to be, bitterness begins settling in in a multitude of areas. A primary one that caused me the most stress was my fellow classmates.

Class in and class out, my fellow class mates rarely spoke to one another. We hardly even looked at one another. Whenever I came across a Christian in a class that was enthusiastic and wanted to know who their fellow classmates were, they were met with a polite smile to ward them off. I began thinking God was calling introverts to the ministry and was wondering if the future of Christian churches were doomed to a life of individual solitude.

I jest but I grew confused with each class I attended. Where was the joy in so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ? Where was the compassion of caring for each other? Why were we all so shy of the Bible said we are part of this family of believers, a body of Christ?

While those thoughts swirled in my head, another entered into the ongoing storm: what is wrong with me? Is there something wrong with me? Is that why no one talks to me? My God, it’s high school all over again! Why would You call me here?!

I was suffocating and in dire need of a breather. I needed a break from Christians, from seminary, from all of that because all it was doing was wearing me down. So much so I began even considering never returning because I just did not see the allure that Christianity once offered in high school and college. I stopped praying, reading Scripture and my passion, what little there was, for ministry had run dry.

God, this seriously cannot be where you’re dragging me. I wouldn’t last 5 minutes in a church with these people.

It was about this time I started spending time in The Reformed Pub on Facebook. This was a group of folks who love Jesus, the Bible, theology and a podcast called The Reformed Pubcast“.

If you have never listened to the Reformed Pubcast, you need to. The lives of Twinkies everywhere depend on it.

I had listened to the podcast for some time now and had heard of the Facebook group but never joined. I finally decided to jump in but was ready to leave if all there was were super smart Christians debating each other over when the earth was made. Or free will. Oh, please don’t let there be more arguments about free will. I heard enough of those in class!

I was not surprised when I found that there in the group. What I also found was fellow Christians who really liked Breaking Bad. Uh, what? Fellow Christians who think Xbox is better than Playstation. Not this generation of games they aren’t. Batman fans, burger lovers and more.

Finally. People who love Jesus, each other and have other interests than studying Greek every day.

I was ecstatic. The more I engaged with people, the more people I met and became friends with, the more my bitterness slipped away. I was challenged by the faith of others, by the way some expressed love about their spouses and the willingness to crack open a Bible, and a bottle of craft brew, to learn and share with one another.

It felt like real fellowship. It felt like authentic Christianity. It felt like family.

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8 thoughts on “A Christian in a Pub

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    Fabulous! Been down that road, only about 35-plus years ago. Glad you didn’t throw in the towel either. Thanks for inviting us into your heart and head, both of which are quite interesting. Do you have your own podcast?

  2. lgwhite67 says:

    Great read! The teaching pastor at our church is amazing and calls the people that suck the life out of Christianity, “Church People.” I was raised Catholic, but had fallen away many years ago, but felt called back and started attending a Christian church and was amazed by the vitality that I found there!

    I think we can over think it sometimes to be honest (e.g. freewill), and I was certainly glad to find a group of people that looked at their own devotion to God as funny sometimes! We are all imperfect, so hiding that imperfection in one area by highlighting enough leads to that legalistic faith that drove me away from Christ. Now though I try to keep it in perspective and realize that God loves us whether we understand all the issues or not and the best thing I can do is to keep my faith alive by having the wisdom to laugh at my own attempts to be Christ like. Oh, and there is grace too!

    Followed your blog today, so keep up the great work!

    1. Logan says:

      Thanks! Sounds like your teaching pastor knows how to let the Holy Spirit use him to keep things lively and funny! I often find myself getting upset about my sin, only to look to God and say, “No surprise, huh?”

      Thanks for the follow and God bless!

  3. beximo says:

    As a fresh-out-of-Bible-college person, I’m totally on the same wavelength as what you described and just earlier today I was wondering why there isn’t more talk about what Bible College does to Christians.
    I too was (and sort of still am) affected by ‘Christians’ and how they are. It all seems fake. Seems like everyone is ‘keeping up face’ instead of actually following Jesus.
    After college I felt somewhat bitter and due to all the arguments and opinions of 100s of different Theologians, I wondered if there was any Absolute Truth at all. To top that and something that annoys me more, when in church or even just with other Christians, it’s like I’m constantly doubting what they’re saying and recalling some theological argument to refute or doubt what they’re saying instead of enjoying God and other Christians and continuing to learn.

    I now feel so much scepticism for everything ‘Christian’ that it’s hard to do or enjoy anything church-related.

    I’m glad to hear that there’s a way out of this! Thank you for your post and I’ll hold on to hope and search out ‘real’ Christianity.

    (:

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