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People Are Explaining Why They Left Church Using the Hashtag #ILeftBecause

Nov 18, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

On Monday, conservative Rod Dreher wrote about why Millennials were abandoning evangelical Christianity. Someone whose kids walked away from the faith, Dreher said, blamed Donald Trump and the MAGA-ness of so many churches, but Dreher didn’t believe that was the full extent of it.

He posted a letter from a different reader that offered even more suggestions: The lack of orthodoxy or adherence to tradition, a diluted presentation of the Gospel message, the constant persecution rhetoric even when it’s obviously exaggerated, the inability to care about any issue other than abortion, anything sex-related, etc.

A lot of those make sense to me. Some of those strike me as grasping for straws, as if trying to make church more appealing to younger people backfired and drove them away when a more conservative approach (i.e. Boring church) would’ve kept them in the fold.

In any case, it led blogger Chrissy Stroop to ask people to share their own reasons for walking away from conservative Christianity using the hashtag #ILeftBecause.

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