An atheist at church

Are there things that annoy you about church?

Friendly Atheist has just published a post titled, 20 Things That Christians Do in Church That Annoy Me. Hemant Mehta is an atheist who has visited many churches and he reflects on what he has experienced.

Go have a look at the post then tell me if you can understand where he’s coming from. Sadly, I’d have to say that while I can’t agree with all his points, I can relate to everything he’s saying.

I love the opportunity to get someone else’s point of view on what we do in church. I know that some Christians will be offended or simply dismiss his points completely but I think it’d be foolish to do so. If you think he’s misunderstood the intent behind some of the things he’s encountered at churches, maybe those of us who have been part of the church for a while are just not explaining ourselves well enough.

We need to ask ourselves if there are things on the list that give us a hint on why many churches find it hard to reach those without a church background. Church isn’t just about making people feel happy and welcome but if what we’re doing is stopping people from meeting Jesus, we’ve got to take a good look at what we’re doing.

Thanks to Phil Cooke for pointing out the post.

By the way, if you think he’s only sharing negative stuff about his experiences with churches you might like to read his post titled, 10 Things That Christians Are Better At Than Atheists. you’re not going to agree with all his points but they’re worth a look.

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