Chris Stroop has given birth to a growing movement on Twitter called #EmptyThePews. It started out as a protest of Donald Trump but it is growing as people list all the reasons why they are done with evangelical Christianity.
“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
“Leaving things behind and starting again is a way of coping with difficulties. I learnt very early in my life that I was able to leave a place and still remain myself.”
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
Matthew 10:14 NIV
As of this morning this was the most liked Tweet on Twiiter at #EmptyThePews
Christopher Stroop has launched a fascinating project on Twitter that is growing in size and scope. It started out as a response to the Neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville but it is growing into something bigger. Chris Stroop is a scholar, freelance writer, public speaker on religion and politics and the evangelicals in politics. He graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a Ph.D in Modern Russian History and today is currently a Provost Postdoctural Scholar at the University of South Florida where he teaches history. As a former history grad student I have to chime in and say good choice in study. 🙂 Chris is also a former evangelical, who it sounds falls in the done camp. The done camp is the growing movement of people who are done with church.
As Chris’ blog he wrote the following post called “#EmptyThePews – If You Attend a Trumpist Church, it’s Time to Leave in Protest” on August 18, 2017. It was meant to be a call for Christians to protest evangelical support for Donald Trump. Its actually growing into a much bigger movement and I want to throw my weight behind this Twitter project. I inserted a sample of some of the Tweets but this is growing. The reasons why people are leaving the church are do to the following reasons:
- Evangelical support for Donald Trump and dismissing his abuse or Access Hollywood tape.
- Financial scandals and money being mismanaged in some churches.
- Polarizing personalities who hold sway over congregations, individuals such as James Dobson, and Franklin Graham.
- How gays have been treated.
- How women have been treated.
- People being told to return to their domestic abuser in marriage.
- How people with disabilities are being treated.
- Hostility to science.
- Child sex abuse issues.
- Racial strife issues and discrimination.
- Pastors who are above question who are narcissist.
In reviewing many Tweets that is some of the reasons being written. This is growing so that list will grow, and new topics will come up. I am waiting for the Neo-Calvinist movement to come out as a driving force in creating defections. This issue got the attention of Hemant Mehta who writes at The Friendly Atheist who wrote, “Christians Are Using #EmptyThePews To Explain Why They Left Their Churches.” If you read this and you are on Twitter make sure you explain why you left the church or why you are thinking of doing so. Kudos to Nate Sparks who is pushing this movement as well. That’s it for the day guys, take care.