Anne Rice Announces She’s Leaving Christianity. I Knew That Would Happen. Did You?

As most everyone knows, Anne Rice is  mega-successful author, mainly of vampire novels and the like.  She made news several years ago by announcing that she had become Christian and that she would only write books that would then reflect that and honor Christ.

I wondered when I heard that how long it would take her to become disillusioned with the institutional church.  And quite frankly, the announcement she made last week that she was leaving Christianity didn’t come as a surprise to me; mainly because I see it happen every single day.

But before you get too worked up, go back and Google the story and find out what she really said, that she “refused to be anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-science,” anti-on-and-on – you get the message.

But what she did say, that often gets missed in an announcement like this, is that she would continue to do what she’d been doing, and that is, be a faithful follower of Christ.

When I wrote my book, “The Renegade’s Guide to God,” the subtitle was, “finding life outside conventional Christianity.”  It really is sad to see that Christians have gotten the reputation of being mad, angry, negative, and condemning.

Since when did Christianity become anti anything? My interpretation of the message of Christ is that God is for us.  Yes we are broken and our brokenness causes the pain we see in the world.  But didn’t Christ come to reconcile, to redeem, and to restore?

Those of you out there who interpret Christianity as a long list of rules and regulations, added to the fact that you are the morality police, need to take a clue from this high-profile follower of Christ.

The gap between following Christ and being committed to a church is growing. It shouldn’t because Christ loved the church.  The church ought to be a place we run to when we’re hurting, we run to when our lives are in disarray, but there is alienation and condemnation.  The church ought to be a place with joy, energy, peace and reconciliation rather than division, anger, and power-play.

Anne Rice, I applaud you as a sister in Christ, but I hope the day will come when you find a church home that will look more like the Christ you love.

5 thoughts on “Anne Rice Announces She’s Leaving Christianity. I Knew That Would Happen. Did You?”

  1. Foster,

    I stopped when I was about to send out the article on Rice to my close members of the S. Baptist. Knowing what Rice had said was verbatim what I would say, but with this post you have unconditionally echoed my thoughts on the matter that concurs in relief with Rice’s statement.

    I wondered if the majority of people would read beyond the headline, encouraged by Rice’s sincere faith; or would they cherry pick the headline from the check out line, and deepen their defense toward Christianity.

    Thanks my friend.

    Cheers,

    Daniel Pierce
    Burbank, CA

  2. David – I loved the headline and the explanation that follows. I think this should prompt healthy conversations regarding the image portrayed by “Christians” in America. I grew up in a church defined by what we did not do and what we were against. I was made to feel that I was leaving Christianity when I chose to leave that and follow the teachings of Jesus.

  3. Reading beyond the headlines is great. I pastor a church plant in Denver and I tell people that we welcome people from all walks of life. However, when we pass off her comments as a critique against the “institutional” church, how are we defining that? I believe Ms. Rice is alluding to church being a place where both the person and the lifestyle are acceptable. It’s not “Love the sinner, hate the sin” but more like “Love them and there is no sin”.

    Clearly the Bible teaches against homosexuality so if we take a stance that the bible says it’s wrong we are painted as bigots even if we welcome gays and lesbians to our worship. I have friends who are gay and they understand where I stand but I still treat them with the respect they deserve. There is a steadily growing undercurrent in the culture today that says we as Christians have to accept both the person AND the lifestyle in order to be “relevant” today. I can accept the person but the lifestyle is contrary to scripture and the bible tells us to separate from the world in those matters. It doesn’t mean we disengage but we must be true to the truths of scripture.

    I know people like Anne Rice. They attend church in the Boulder, Colorado area where churches have signs that say “All are Welcome” and they are not meaning it in the way we would say it but that the lifestyle is acceptable to them and their congregation.

    I know I’ve cherry picked one issue and I’m sorry. This response can apply to the others too. I think your response is great Dave. I want my church to be a loving, welcoming place for the wounded in our community but I also want to be a light for the truth and managing that tension is what is bringing so many churches to their knees today.

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