By Stephen W. Simpson
Like many Christians, Stephen gave his lifestyles to Jesus at a tender age. yet for many of his grownup lifestyles, Stephen wrestled with God, ticked off that issues were not as effortless as he notion they need to be. He married the woman of his goals, but he nonetheless wasn't satisfied. whilst God introduced quadruplets into the struggle, he had no selection yet to shout, 'Uncle!' and put up. that is while Stephen found whatever far better than happiness. He came across pleasure.
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For a little while, it’s like walking in Eden with God. Then a serpent shows up and tells us about a fruit that will make us smarter. In a moment of selfishness and fear, we take a bite. Everything changes. We see that the leaders we idealize are flawed and broken. We look around the garden and see hypocrisy and deceit. We see people twisting our beloved Scripture to bully people who disagree with them. People we love and trust hurt us, sometimes through malice, but more often weakness. Our peaceful, perfect garden becomes a forest filled with monsters, and we flee.
You don’t forsake the body of Christ just because you don’t like one of its parts. ” “Yes, Mom,” I said, rolling my eyes. “Following him isn’t always easy. ” I knew she was right, but I didn’t like it. My father’s take on the situation made sticking with church a little easier. “If you think Brother Jeff is wrong, you need to stick to your guns. If you leave youth group, that means he wins. You’ve let him chase you off. Stick around and stand up for what you believe. Now that I could do, though perhaps not in the way Dad imagined.
In that moment, a cynic was born. But it was not Brother Jeff’s fault. It was mine. I chose to handle my anger and pain by killing off the passion that created it. I had my nice, safe little Christian world, and I threw a fit when someone changed things. I couldn’t handle it when I didn’t get my way. indd 40 7/7/08 9:42:29 AM Rock and Roll Rebel weren’t perfect anymore, so I made Brother Jeff the enemy. For years, well into adulthood, I imagined Brother Jeff as an evil despot who stomped on a vibrant faith with legalistic oppression.
Assaulted by Joy: The Redemption of a Cynic by Stephen W. Simpson