DC Talk's Kevin Max has admitted that he is an "exvangelical," according to the Christian Post, and is working toward "progressing" and "deconstructing."
What are the details?
On Saturday, Max, a Grammy-winning vocalist, "came out" on Twitter, writing, "Hello, my name is Kevin Max & I'm an #exvangelical."
Hello, my name is Kevin Max & I’m an #exvangelical— kevin max (@kevin max)1621057073.0
In responses to his initial tweet, Max
said that he still believes in "the Universal Christ."
"For all those people using my post as plug & play for your own hot take or personal discourse, I offer the lyrics to an upcoming song off of my new band @AstronautsSad album 'Adult Fears' titled 'It's okay,'" he wrote. "I'm sorry for being obtuse or difficult but it's a process ... love."
The lyrics read:
It's ok to be estranged
From everything that you were taught
And it's ok
To unpack all the hopeless baggage that you bought
I know the sun it never shines
In the same place twice
And I know that life is better
With a trusted vice
But you will change
When you cave
To the universal Christ
And it's ok for you to lose
The shame from all the churches abuse
And it's ok
For them to see
You don't believe in man's inerrancy
I know the sun it never shines
in the place you hide
I know you think its better
Shrouded in secrets and lies
But you'll change
When you embrace
The glowing universal Christ
For all those people using my post as plug & play for your own hot take or personal discourse, I offer the lyrics t… https://t.co/ByPWgcfEOb— kevin max (@kevin max)1621189073.0
The outlet reported that some of those people leaving the Christian church have begun referring to themselves as the "nones" and are promoting a movement called "deconstruction" — translated as "deconstructing one's faith and leaving the church."
"Many who are 'deconstructing' have spoken out about their experiences getting hurt by people inside the Church," the outlet reported. "Others have cited their rejection of biblical teaching on sexuality as the reason they are disassociating."
In a later tweet, the self-described "leftist" added that he is "anti-war, pro-peace, anti-hate, pro-live, pro-LGBTQIA, pro-BLM, pro-open mindedness, anti-narrow mindedness, pro-utopia, anti-white nationalist agenda, pro-equality, pro-vax, pro-music, anti-1%rs, pro-poor, pro-misfit-pro-Jesus, etc[.]"
His remarks were in response to a user who asked, "Are you pro-Israel? Are you pro-Palestine? I'm pro-not-killing-people."
@danwhitejr Anti-war, Pro-Peace, Anti-Hate, Pro-Love, Pro-LBGTQIA, Pro-BLM, Pro-open mindedness Anti-narrow mindedn… https://t.co/XmPoSqyx57— kevin max (@kevin max)1621291305.0
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In December, Max told Decent Christian Talk that he has begun the process of deconstruction, but prefers to refer to it as "reconstruction."
“I like to call it deconstruction, reconstruction," he said. “Any person that's really changing every day, which we do, you're going to deconstruct or you're going to reconstruct. So it's a combination of both of those things."
He continued, "I've been deconstructing for decades. I've always been progressing, as you can say, and then sometimes I regress. But I think where I'm at right now is I've really gone on a journey to find out what I truly believe in by reading a lot, thinking a lot, keeping my eyes and ears open."
Max also said that if Christians aren't progressing in their faith, they are growing stagnant.
"When you give in to the fear of 'Oh my gosh, I'm asking questions' or 'Oh man, I don't know if I believe in this anymore,' you're giving in to the same fear that you know kept us from progressing as people for so long," he explained. "The total totalitarian fear that's constant, in my opinion, in a lot of evangelical churches have made people regress over time.
"I feel like anybody out there going through it, they should just embrace it," he added. “If they're a believer, they should have these deep conversations with the God they believe in and really struggle with it, talk to Him about it."
He concluded, "I believe in a God of the universe, and I believe that He can hear me. And that, in itself, is just plain kind of crazy. But if I believe that, then I truly believe that He cares about my progression and asking questions and wanting to know what is real and what isn't real."
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