"Spiritual But Not Religious" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
It's been almost a year since I wrote my response
to Lillian Daniel
's book criticizing the "spiritual but not religious", and it is still circulating.
I suppose it's because there's an growing¬†concern for this growing demographic... from the church and its leaders.
And the fact that Lillian Daniel
wrote a post 3 years ago that has resurfaced titled, Spiritual But Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me!
¬†I'm not sure what her present attitude is, but my main critique of her argument is that it¬†is presumptuous
. The way she expressed her concern actually widens the divide. I hope that's changed.
The Shambala Sun
describes SBNR people¬†in this way:
"Generally, they're educated, liberal, and open-minded, with a deep sense of connection to the Earth and a belief that there's more to life than what appears on the surface."
This is interesting to me because it is all a matter of perspective. The church¬†may use roughly the same words to describe a SBNR, but in a less complimentary¬†way:
educated means they lean too much on their own understanding, not wise, but foolish;
liberal means, well, liberal, and are basically permissive;
open-minded means open to any suggestion, gullible, and not faithful to the bible;
deep sense of connection to the Earth is worldly, New-Age, environmentalist, and maverick;
a belief that there's more to life than what appears on the surface means that if they don't know this¬†already from their Christian faith, then they are just guessing, superstitious, and flirting with error, heresy, evil and even demons.
One of my good friends, writer Deanna Ogle
, has written an eloquent response to the SBNR criticism, I Am The Spiritual But Not Religious
. It's a beautiful expression what many SBNR people know about themselves. Here's one line:
"I have experienced true communion, fire-like transformation, unbending faith, white-hot hope, and resurrection of the soul all outside of sterile church walls."
The Lasting Supper
is made up mostly of SBNR type people. I invite you to join our growing community.
Read about Sophia
, definitely a SBNR! Her story is probably your story.