Over on a friend’s blog the other day I saw this from a self-described former minister.
“The message remains… ‘shut up and just believe.'”
My purpose here is not to call this person out for his words but instead to ask pastors, ministers, church leaders, Sunday School teachers, apologists, and ordinary lay Christians who read this blog if they have ever taught or been taught to “shut up and just believe.”
My guess is they have not because the way I see it and, contrary to what skeptics may say, Christianity isn’t about checking your brains at the church door so you can be properly trained in Christian groupthink. Christianity isn’t about hearing a message and dutifully believing it without question. Christianity isn’t about being pushed into a role of subservience and submission by dishonest overseers. Christianity isn’t about not allowing believers to thoughtfully weigh the evidences and truth claims of a religious system that has stood up to intense scrutiny for more than 2,000 years. Chrisistianity isn’t about “the Bible says it so it must be true.” And Christianity (as this same person said some time ago) isn’t about pointing members who “fall out of line” back to the house of indoctrination for more sermons on being a good, obedient, and unquestioning sheep.
If you are willing to be honest, you’ll find that Christianity is overall more consistent with evidence and logic than any other worldview. Yes, faith is required but “shut up and just believe” is not. In fact, it’s absurd, especially absurd coming from someone who was active in ministry for 25 years.