Blake Griffin just dunked on the church.
The NBA superstar appeared on You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes this week, and as is custom on this podcast, the topic of faith and the meaning of life came up towards the end of the lengthy conversation.
Griffin said he grew up going to a non-denominational church that’s now a huge mega-church, and he understandably doesn’t know how to feel about that evolution.
Despite moving away from that foundation and questioning that model, he still retains a measure of faith.
“I still like the idea of believing in God,” he said. “If you don’t, fine. I like it. It gives me something bigger.”
Griffin then added more context to his faith journey. He went to a Christian high school where he attended weekly chapel, took bible courses and learned about other religions in order to refute them.
To explain where he’s at now, he then worked through a common line of thinking that dissuades many from the church these days.
Note: He was careful with his thoughts here and I transcribed as best as I could as he stopped and started along the way,
“My issue with Christianity is I just don’t understand how a religion that is following somebody who stood for these things … In the Bible, you know, Jesus would eat with the sinners, the prostitutes. And yet Christians believe, for instance, homosexuality is a sin. But then you can’t accept? I don’t get it. Why can this person who you’re supposed to be following do these things but you can’t?”
Great question, Blake.
Jesus was notoriously hanging out with those on the margins of society, and yet Christianity is sadly seen as a religion that makes in/out, us/them distinctions.
It doesn’t make any sense at all, and that disconnect is a big reason why Millennials in particular are running from the church.
As a side note, I had no idea Griffin is a stand up comic in the off season, making his chat with Pete even more interesting. Pete’s utter lack of basketball knowledge is also hilarious.
I listen to every YMIW, but this one’s got wide appeal and should be a stand out episode.
I’m officially more of a Griffin fan than I was a few hours ago.