My one thesis is that Christianity no longer exists…my one task is to reintroduce Christianity to Christendom!” -Soren Kierkegaard “Training in Christianity”
I’m figuring out what my post-Christendom faith looks like and is about. In the last 8 months, I’ve come to reject Christianity and religion. However, I’m being guided by some fellow like-minded followers of The Way who have introduced me to Kierkegaard’s work “Training in Christianity” whose premise is basically that if one wants to be a Christian in today’s world and institution of “Christianity” i.e. Christendom then one must leave it.
Soren Kierkegaard basically stated that Christendom is nothing but paganism (and when it comes to American Christianity I say the same; that doesn’t mean there aren’t true Christ followers out there even among the nastiness of Christendom! There are! They remain in the context and serve and love and believe with all their hearts), and his goal in this last book was to reintroduce true Christianity to Christendom.
I found I couldn’t remain a part of it all anymore with the overwhelming hypocrisy, disdain for liberation theological views, a neglect of the poor and oppressed, and Christians overwhelmingly supporting Trump in this country. This describes perfectly why I had to leave Christianity:
Millennials don’t leave church due to ‘postmodernism,’ ‘progressivism,’ or ‘liberalism!’ They leave because of the hypocrisy, protection of power and authority at whatever costs, bullying tactics, indifference towards suffering and injustice that run rife in churches.”
Like Jacob, I’ve wrestled with God and continue to do so. I think I’ll always be that way because I’m not a person who finds peace in contentment and certainty. I wrestle because I’m a person always on the heels of what is right, what is true, what is good, and what is just. I think those who wrestle spiritually are to be admired more than those who find “certainty” (as if that exists) and such.
When Christianity entered into the world, people were not Christians, and the difficulty was to become a Christian. Nowadays the difficulty in becoming a Christian is that one must cease to become a Christian.” -Soren Kierkegaard
American Christianism IS a̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶m̶ ̶o̶f̶ idolatry:
– Worship of guns and not blinking so much as an eyelash to murdered school children (Ba’al worship and child sacrifice). Sadistic!
– Separating kids from their families (Ba’al worship and child sacrifice). Sadistic!
– Worship of “masculinity” in “muscular Christianity” and misogyny (phallic worship)
– Capitalism (gluttony and lust for power; worship of mammon)
– Nationalism (idolatry; attempting to worship two masters: the eternal kingdom of God and the impermanent kingdom of men); the persecution of people who refuse to partake in this part of idol worship.
– Racism and social prejudice (the denial of the image of God in others).” -I.F.B.