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Coming Out Christian

Christianity has an image problem. Perhaps you’ve noticed.

Co-authors David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons describe Christianity’s image problem in detail in their book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters.

In their book published in 2007 by Baker Books, these leading researchers and commentators on faith and culture summarize their three-year study of youth and young adult views about Christianity in the US.  

Kinnaman and Lyons reported that the younger generations in our nation hold a very negative view of Christianity. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed, for example, said that Christians are “anti-homosexual.” Eighty-seven percent stated that Christians as “judgmental” and eighty-five percent described Christians as “hypocritical.”

What are progressive Christians, like us, to do in the wake of such assertions?

We could sit around feeling sorry for ourselves about being grossly misunderstood, or we could turn those negative images around by walking the talk of our Open and Affirming identity.

Here are three upcoming opportunities to help clarify our identity:

  1. Bring your friends and family to Eden’s free public showing of “Now We Can Dance: The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom,” Thursday, Mar. 21, 7 p.m. & Sunday, Apr. 6, 12 n.
  2. Join Eden Church leaders on the red carpet at Chabot College as we welcome students to the 2014 Gay Prom, Saturday, Jun. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. 
  3. Help host Eden’s hospitality booth at Castro Valley Pride, and share the good news of God’s all-inclusive love, Saturday, Jul. 12, 12 n. to 5 p.m.  

Coming out Christian may be scary for some of us, but at least we’ll be in good company with others who know about the coming out process, and who may be able to offer some encouragement along the way.

Pastor Arlene