Why are People of Faith so Closed-Minded? [Ask Addie #18]

I’m over at Off the Page today with a question that feels so important given the events of the past month. (I’m looking at you, Charlottesville.) And it feels personal to me being that our house sold and we have yet to find a place to live.

(If you’re wondering why I haven’t been writing it’s because I’ve been obsessively searching Zillow and trying to find short-term rentals and trying not to hyperventilate because as of September 18th, we’re homeless.)

The question is from Mark, who moved several years ago from one distinctive region of the US to another and found that his new church community wasn’t really interested in activism. (That’s just not how we do things here, the Church People said.)

Mark asks:

Why are some people of faith so closed-minded? Especially when it seems other people in society are hurting and need help, and faith-driven activism could make a difference?…How do I operate in a different place without giving up what I think is worth discussing, but not losing friends or becoming bitter against the people in my new community?

It seems like at this particular point in history, there is an enormous divide in the Christian faith community when it comes the ways that we approach the pain of the world. Perhaps it’s always been there and it’s just more visible now.

How do we approach it? How do approach each other when we don’t see things the same way? How do we build community in the face of these difference? How do we move toward one another and allow our hearts to be expanded rather than shut down by one another’s perspectives?

These are the questions I tried to answer, at least in some small way. Hop over to Off the Page and join the conversation!

One thought on “Why are People of Faith so Closed-Minded? [Ask Addie #18]

  1. Addie, I’ve long admired your writing, the gift you offer this world. I’ve read your blog for years (even when it was “How to Talk Evangelical”) and I’ve read your books. I’ve never commented or reached out, but your words consistently tap into this yearning deep inside my core; this hope for a third way that allows for grappling and inspiration and belonging. Thank you for that. I see so much of myself in your work. I see my own faith struggle and the depression and the doubt. I think you and I might be kindred spirits. Anyway, thank you for writing. You are doing the necessary work of bees here.

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