A few days ago I came across a rather interesting story about a young man who was released from his duties as the Pastor of a United Methodist Church in rural North Carolina because of some comments he made on his Facebook page. The man’s name is Chad Holtz. Basicially, Chad questioned whether a loving God would really send some people to a place called Hell.
His last sermon was on March 20, 2011. On March 24 he wrote a blog post titled: The Truth Can Set You Free…and Get You Fired. Here is an excerpt from his blog:
Pastors and Shepherds, here are some helpful tips if you wish to remain employed. Disregard at your own risk.
1. Don’t blog or Facebook.
2. If you ignore #1, at least do so anonymously.
3. If you ignore #1 and #2, be sure your stuff is fluff. Write about daisies, the weather, your kids t-ball game, vacation plans, car repairs, and dinner recipes.
4. If you ignore #1, 2, and 3 and choose instead to write about matters of faith, be sure your ideas, thoughts, opinions and questions match the ideas, thoughts, opinions and questions of your congregation.
5. If you ignore #1, 2, 3, and 4 you can join me in a job hunt. And, if you are not completely disillusioned, help me plant a church where advice like this will not only be unnecessary, but absurd.
I have befriended Chad on Facebook because I am interestd in his perpectives. I do believe what he is saying is felt by many people who may be afraid to challenge the old “traditional” ways of thinking about Heaven and Hell.
**I do want to give a special shout out to Rachel Held Evans who directed to me to learn more about Chad through her own blog**