Ann Rice, the famous author who very publicly became a Christian a decade ago has made another significant statement about her faith on her Facebook page:
For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.
After six hundred comments she made the following, clarifying statement:
As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.
And a final comment today:
My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.
This brings up lots of great discussion questions:
- What are you to do if you love Jesus but don’t want to be an official member of his somewhat crazed fan club?
- Is ‘Christianity’ a label that you really need to follow Jesus?
- Who does Anne’s statement impact? Does God care? Do non-religious people care? Or is it just the fan club that isn’t happy with this decision?
- What is the appropriate response when you don’t agree with the party line?
- How could Anne have made a difference from the inside of Christianity. Did she actually have the clout she needed to make any needed changes or is she better off outside of the walls?
What are your thoughts?