July 29, 2008

Losing My Religion

I just read an article by William Lobdell on the LA Times website about how being a religion reporter led him away from the church and, ultimately, God. I am assuming, based on information found elsewhere, that it is an excerpt from an upcoming memoir.

Here is a quote:
WHEN Times editors assigned me to the religion beat, I believed God had answered my prayers.

As a serious Christian, I had cringed at some of the coverage in the mainstream media. Faith frequently was treated like a circus, even a freak show.

I wanted to report objectively and respectfully about how belief shapes people’s lives. Along the way, I believed, my own faith would grow deeper and sturdier.

But during the eight years I covered religion, something very different happened...

Be sure to read the rest of the article here.

The rest of the article is a shortened explanation of how researching and reporting on various churches and scandals led him away from the church and God. As I read, I found myself sad for him, feeling the need to wring the necks of many in the church, and remembering a time when I was very much in his shoes...except that I couldn't let go of my faith.

I felt more like the Eskimo in the holding cell from his story.

What do you think?


  1. Eric, I'm there. From time to time, these questions just keep popping up, and I don't really have an answer for them. I certainly believe that so much of it is human depravity and sinfulness, but how and why God allows it to go on, that I can't fathom. It kind of reminds me of the time when Jesus said it would be better to have a millstone tied around one's neck and be thrown into the ocean than to cause someone to sin. Lord have mercy.

  2. My God. They will have to answer some day. That is my only solice to something like this.

    Yeah, there were days I felt like I was slipping off the face of the earth... but those men were not the ones who held me when I fell asleep at night sobbing, or were the voice or calm and reason in my storm.

    They weren't the ones who spoke to me as a child and protected me.

    I've always known as deeply as I know there is air that God IS.

    No man will ever take that from me no matter what they do.