Anthony W. Brooks
It’s a shame. Disappointing. I didn’t see this coming. Why didn’t you talk to someone. These are the responses that are littering the internet whenever a serious Christian icon falls away, “deconstructs”, from Christianity. We always put so much fuel in our faith tanks that comes from these prominent, sometimes mythical, social figures that, when they do deconstruct, it shatters us. We almost don’t know how to continue without their witness.
A year ago the two YouTube hosts of Good Mythical laid out a four episode explanation of how they fell out of faith. Starting with Rhett and ending with Link they laid it all on the table. Evolution and the Old Testament, stories of childhood revival, guilt from past malfeasance, whatever the case was, they pieced together an apologetic of unbelief. And it shocked the world of evangelical paperweight Christianity. “How could this happen?” became the question of the year. The only thing more shocking was the recent unveiling of Ravi Zacharias’ neglect of moral accountability.
I could lay out a response to Rhett and Link’s deconversion. Some of you may want that. But, I don’t want to risk the cause of brevity being too extensive. There is a relationship that Rhett and Link had with God that wasn’t much to be desired. From what I could tell there was a legalism that’s drove their faith; not an innate desire to live the Christian life. This is neither here nor their in my mind.
My issue is that evangelical super structure of pandering and idolatry that drove them into superficial faith. There was an accountability structure that broke down. There were legalisms that we’re too stringent upon these young men. There was the fear of knowledge that the church placed on them, and a lack of apologetic method that the church never gave them. They deconstructed the faith in their own mind and turned it into a reductio ad absurdum. And somewhere along the long road of “if this, then this” they derailed. I can’t blame them.
This was the church’s fault. This was caused because the church, with the risk of pushing them away, didn’t train them to think critically and give them the objections before they had a chance to form. Could I answer these objections? Yes, I could. I try to do so. I’m not their pastor.
My Reformed friends will say that this was God’s intent. Yes, it was. But human responsibility dictates that the church, a body of humans, is responsible for the spiritual health of its members. The pastors of the church are to give the whole truth. They are to be the embodiment of perseverance in the faith. The faith is not merely heart knowledge but head knowledge as well, and a church that withholds this head knowledge from its members is not doing them any favors.
You may not have liked this post. I used no satirical phrases, juvenile jabs, or unsophisticated comparison, but it needed to be said. I heard one pastor say that in most evangelical churches the back door is sometimes bigger than the front door. That should be enough to scare us straight.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Picture: Good Mythical Morning hosts Rhett and Link