Two weeks ago I was invited to host one of my Outsider Interviews at the Q Place Conference just outside Chicago. I have done many of these interviews for almost fifteen years but I never get tired of hearing people’s stories about what the church looks like through the eyes of an Outsider. I purposely use this terminology to help Christians feel the gulf we’ve created between ourselves and the people Jesus misses most.
According to my good friend David Kinnaman in his new book You Lost Me, more and more of these Outsiders actually begin their journey inside the church. That was certainly the case at Q Place. The three young women I interviewed had been raised in a Christian Church and yet when I asked them if today any of them believed Jesus was God they each answered with certainty – No!
On the whole I don’t think Christians actually care that much about Non Christians. They’ve simply not been given a compelling or authentic way to connect with their Non Christian friends. What I am certain of is that when their child becomes a Non Christian they suddenly find a way to start caring. That’s what I learned at Q Place.