Here is a link to a very good article from Rubel Shelly on author Anne Rice’s public announcement about quitting Christianity in the name of Jesus Christ (see the article at this link: http://rubelshelly.faithsite.com/content.asp?CID=20291&SID=72).
Whether you agree with Rice’s decision or not, I believe Shelly’s article helps us see why there is a growing trend of people (especially the emerging generation) who see a glaring difference between Jesus Christ and those in North America claiming to be followers of Jesus…or to put it another way, they see institutional Christianity as a foe while seeing Jesus as a friend. Recent books such as Dan Kimball’s “They Like Jesus But Not the Church” and Lyons & Kinnaman “Unchristian”. And lest we become to quick at raising our defense…I realize that perception and reality are not the same. But I also know that there is always some truth to the perception.
I think its time once again for followers of Jesus to ask once again what Jesus meant when he extended the invitation to “follow me.”