Today I wish to direct your attention to a post on Rachel Held Evans’ blog entitled “Post-Evangelicals and Why We Can’t Just Get Over It“.
There is a lot of talk out there in the blogosphere about how post-evangelicals need to just get over it already–that is, to just suck it up and go back into the realm of evangelicalism, or to cut loose and move on to the next thing, whatever that may be. But it is never quite that simple. When you grew up or invested a significant season of your life in a stream of Christianity whose worldview claims to offer a key to absolute truth and answers to all the possible questions out there, you never completely get over the disappointment of learning that it doesn’t. You just move ahead the best you can.
Like it or not, our religious traditions help forge our identities. The great challenge, the one that took me a book to articulate and which I suspect will take me a lifetime to work out, is to hold every piece of my faith experience in love, even the broken bits, even the parts that still cut my hands and make them bleed.
We are all post-something.
We are all caught between who we once were and who we will be, the ghosts of past certainties gripping at our ankles.
There’s no just getting over it. There’s no easy moving on.