Letters to the Editor

Authentic faith

September 22, 2010


To the editor:

Nothing but success is offered to the newly formed Velocity Church and its leader, Mr. Justin Jenkins. May this new ministry indeed make a difference in the greater community. The church shares with virtually all other Christian churches the mission of bringing people now “far from God near to life in Christ.” In using media, art and other elements to create its worship experiences, Velocity Church similarly joins many others in developing creative techniques through which to communicate its message.

In the end, however, it will not be the outward form of worship experiences which will render Velocity Church as effective and/or authentic. Those whose worship experiences and services differ from that offered by Velocity are not therefore inauthentic or fake. Like Velocity Church, most work hard to be real, authentic and sincere in their expression of faith.

Piet R. Knetsch, pastor

Big Springs


KayCee 7 years, 6 months ago

They are going places and doing so FAST. Hence the name- Velocity Church.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 6 months ago

"......are not therefore inauthentic or fake" SP: I agree, HUH? All religions are 'fake' as in they are mental constructions left over from when we didn't understand life, death, weather, earthquakes, etc. Nothing wrong with that as long as the fakers don't beat others over the head with their invisible friends or try to distort government to suit their ends. It's quaintly precious we still go through this. Most of the gods are obsolete; three more to go and we can settle into reality as a species.

Irenaku 7 years, 6 months ago

It might be helpful to define what "authentic in their faith" means. If being authentic means they follow the normative traditions of Christianity which discriminate against anyone who is:

not heterosexual, not able to clearly identify themselves within the sociallly constructed and rigid boundaries of an acceptable "man" or "woman", not a Republican, for extending basic human rights and basic civil rights to everyone without limitation, open to understanding or researching why so many women, particularly those in third world countries feel abortion is their only option, not compelled to form relationshiops for the sake of recruiting more church members, desiring instead to genuinely get to know people, not threatened by anyone else who does not believe exactly as they do, not threatened by the construction of mosques and those who would attend them, not judgemental, bigoted, hypocritical, deceitful or inclusive....then I think this might actually be a good church!

I am a Christian and I believe from my own experience and relationship with Christ that being Christian means two things: Loving God and Loving Others. Period. No politics. No discrimination. No fear-based doctrine. No stereotyping. No prejudice. No judging. No hatefulness. No exclusiveness. Just Loving God and Loving others. If you can love God and love others, in spite of all that we are led to believe are the carved in stone pre-requisites for God's love and mercy, then I truly believe that Jesus will be able to tell you: "Well done, my good and faithful servant". And if you can find a main-stream church that actually desires to express that kind of love, then you are blessed.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 6 months ago

Irenaku: Good points and congratulations for figuring that out.

Irenaku 7 years, 6 months ago

I agree. There are other ways to advertise....like online....

WHY 7 years, 6 months ago

The letter is just the old conventional christian church's response to the hipster church movement. The hipster church thinks young people are leaving because church is not "cool", rather than because in the age of information we realized that religion isn't needed to answer anything. The old church is scared of the hipster church, because then it is neither cool or useful. We are only a few generations away from freedom from all of this and the human species will leap forward into an age of science uninhibited by ancient superstition (with the exception of sports fans.)

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