i don't agree with everything tom davis says,
and wouldn't even call myself a fan, really...
but this is so spot on with how i have been feeling, i had to share.
"I've decided that if I'm going to have solidarity with one failed religion, I might as well have solidarity with them all. So rather than surrendering my identity as a Christian, I've redefined it so it doesn't mean that I feel superior to anybody. Instead, it means that as a failed member of a failed religion, and I'm in solidarity with all other failed members of failed religions ... and with people who have dropped out of failed religions as well. Perhaps it's this truly catholic (small-c) solidarity in failure that really counts most, for Catholics, Protestants, and everybody else. Those who leave religion and those who stay can work to expand that gracious space of solidarity, which, I think, is what Jesus called "the kingdom of God."
So no matter what we do or what we call ourselves, sooner or later that group will break down.
Yes, my paradigm is blown from what I though Christianity was growing up. I was taught that being a Christian meant going to church on Sunday, singing a few hymns, and listening to a preacher for an hour. That was it. I don't believe in that kind of Christianity anymore.
I am more committed to Jesus Christ and his teachings than ever before. I believe in following HIm and following Him means to live like he lived: caring for the poor, loving my neighbor, giving sacrificially to those in need, embodying compassion, living for justice, forgiving, etc. If that's what we were known for, nobody would really care what we called ourselves.