Spiritual refugees

The Apostle Paul, 1657, by Rembrandt van Rijn, Widener Collection.

The Apostle Paul, by Rembrandt.

Most of us are refugees in someway.

Many are emotional or spiritual refugees, as distant and isolated from others as physical refugees are removed from homelands.

We are separated from feeling our own pain, refugees rejecting our own emotions. Unaware of how or why we feel what we feel.

When we don’t know who we are, it’s easier to emotionally separate from others in need.

Some white men lord over the culture and society they were born into like roosters crowing over the sun they help raise. They fight desperately to hold onto a whitewashed fantasy of the past that doesn’t actually exist.

The Pharisees and Sadducees dominate mainstream Christianity and stroll the halls of political power, while many of us feel like misfits, outcasts, wanderers — spiritual refugees.
We have reason to feel this way. Christianity has been co-opted over time by everything it’s not supposed to be: commercialism, capitalism, militarism, elitism.

Many can clearly see that what Jesus says in the Bible isn’t how Christianity is in the world.
The face of Christianity in media and churches doesn’t reflect the teaching of Jesus.

People look to Christians and the churches and find nothing they need. They see social clubs rather than space for spiritual development.

People looking for comfort find condemnation.

Those seeking support find judgment.

Hurting victims are often victimized and hurt in new ways.

So it’s no surprise people are leaving Christianity in record numbers — the fastest growing religious group is “nones.” And then they wander, spiritual refugees.

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