In More Lost Than Found, Jared Herd argues that part of the reason people are leaving the Church is because it lacks the true spiritual meaning or fulfillment people seek. He claims that culture is becoming the Church and filling the gaps with music, art, movies, tv, novels, and the news. He also brings up the point that sometimes you have to step back and look at Jesus in a new way to see Him as He really is, and that the Church is flawed when it is more of a country club for the elite than a hospital for the broken.
My Personal Thoughts
What I liked:
1. Jared’s view of the Gospel- “Christianity is leaving an illusion to enter a reality, not leaving secular things for sacred ones.” Throughout the book, Jared emphasized that the Gospel is not about doing good things or things that the Church tells you to do. It’s about being alive when you were once dead. It’s the change from seeing an illusion to seeing reality.
2. The pressure is off. “The illusion that damaged us is that we are to move from being flawed to being perfect.” Do you realize how much freedom is packed into that statement? The goal is not perfection because Christ is perfect for us. The goal is “to become a more alive version of yourself through the truth of the Gospel.” Amen.
What I didn’t like:
1. Brokenness and hurt was blamed on the term abandonment, not on sin. One quote from the book reads, “Maybe it is just hard to convince us we are sinners when we feel like we have been sinned against our whole lives.” I’m sure if asked Jared would definitely agree that all people are sinfully corrupt as the Bible claims, but this statement seems like a small effort to shift the blame for our mistakes to circumstances or the way we were treated.
2. Jared constantly criticized the Church for twisting the Gospel or being all about rules, status, and social standing. However, I kept expecting him to use the word artificial or explain how he thought the Church became this way. He never touched on the artificial nature of people in the Church or how he thought the problem could be turned around. Also, the ending felt a bit rushed.
More Lost Than Found was a very quick read, and I found myself bringing up several things Jared wrote about in multiple conversations. While I felt like the information was nothing earth-shattering or original, there were several insightful moments of truth. You can buy the book here.
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