What is Rum and Cola For the Soul?
A Reaction to the Positive and Encouraging Message that Repulsed a Generation
Remember Chicken Soup for the Soul? How every problem had a simple solution? (Have more faith, learn to care, work harder, believe in yourself…)
This AIN’T that!
For some reason, my generation of church people bought into this idea that following Jesus was all about getting your beliefs right and you’d get to live the American dream. If we just “had faith” it would all work out.
The problem is, that theology leads to an elitist gospel that hurts people who are struggling, (the kind of people Jesus spent most of his ministry elevating). It says, if you have problems they are your fault for not having your beliefs right. That theology makes people projects to fix rather than treasured children to be valued and encouraged. It switched the focus of churches from following Jesus to serving ourselves.And most millennials (and some of the rest of us) didn’t buy it! They didn’t buy the cover-ups the fake positive, the judgments, the struggle for influence, the intellectual dishonesty, and they bolted for the door. No amount of “just being positive” would cover up all the wrong they saw.
People are leaving the church in droves, they are looking for something more meaningful.
Truth that is harder and more satisfying…
Like Rum and Cola for the Soul!
HOW AN EX-ENGLISH TEACHER CAN HELP YOU NAVIGATE FAITH AFTER CHURCH.
So you gave up on church, what now?
Is there anything else?
Actually GOOD, Good News
The good news is, the faith you are rejecting most likely barely resembles what Jesus actually taught.
But who can you trust? How can you know what is really true?
Turn to an English teacher of course!
Every good English teacher should teach you two things:
1. TO KNOW HOW TO READ AND EVALUATE LITERATURE FOR YOURSELF.
When you understand the context, style, and cultural setting of the stories in the Bible, you will begin to understand a beautiful story of a God who values people so highly that he constantly chooses to walk through all of our messes with us and wants to help us in all of it. You will not see stories of heroes who got it all right. You will read stories of really, really messed up people who kept messing up and God still entered in their stories and sought them. You will also see that Jesus spoke out against religious judgmentalism! He did things like go to a meeting of religious elite and tell them that the prostitute they were judging understood more about God than they did.
2. TO VALUE YOUR OWN VOICE AND STORY AS WELL AS THE STORIES OF OTHERS.
When we share our stories of struggles, doubts and fears, we find that they don’t control us anymore. They shape us and they link us to humanity. They empower us and they give us empathy for others who are suffering. Real stories of real problems give us real hope.