Okay, I'll bite ... Quit Christianity?
Full disclosure: we could have just as easily called it Quit Religion. It would have sufficiently explained our purpose, while having the added benefit of saving us all those conversations with our moms. But let’s be honest, you wouldn’t have bit. So where exactly are we going with this? What comes after one’s decision to Quit Christianity?
The Hero’s Journey is the formula to which all great quest characters adhere. From Dorothy to Harry to Woody to Frodo. The hero leaves his mundane life and answers the call to adventure. He faces a number of challenges and undergoes a kind of death and rebirth, before finally returning to his life, where things are the same, only different…
Romans 1-8 is The Hero’s Journey.
- Man begins a sinner.
- He faces the consequence of death.
- Faith in Christ calls him to righteousness.
- He receives it as a free gift.
- Man becomes justified.
- He experiences a death, burial and resurrection.
- His mind is transformed.
- He operates through spirit, mind and body.
It’s full circle. Modern Christianity cuts the journey short, finding cozy little places to stop off and get lost in the routine. It’s why we’re tired of church. Why our worship feels fake. Why we can’t seem to shake our addictions or love each other right. We were meant for more than eternal security. There’s a real relationship waiting…
Jesus was the OG quitter. His movement was called Quit Judaism. The presence of God was gone from the temple. But people were still trying to find their identity in the rituals. It stands to reason that we are living in a similar religious climate. If Jesus came today, would he say we’re on the right track? Or would he ask us to quit, too?
Quit Christianity is about giving form and function to what individual spirituality and corporate spirituality looks like in a “post-God” world. It’s about asking questions that elicit deep truths. What’s next? What comes after belief? What comes after church? Most importantly, it’s a lifelong journey that changes us from the inside out.