Crazy Uncle Syndrome in the Church

Whether we like it or not, the Evangelical Church suffers from what I call “Crazy Uncle Syndrome”, whether we like it or not some of the fringe elements of our movement dictate who we are to the world around us: Westboro Baptist Church being a prime example. In this edition of Ministry Briefing, Todd and I discuss Crazy Uncle Syndrome, how it hurts us, and how to deal with it.

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.

  • Doug Jones

    Westboro is of no relation to Christianity… the views and hate they spew, the god they represent and the priorities that guide their actions have not one thing to do with the Historic Christian Faith. To refer to them in a relational sense is to further the confusion.

    I agree we must show the world through clear and demonstrable ways that though they refer to themselves as a church – they are really nothing more than a few family members and confused individuals who are gathered around a narrow agenda of hate and spurious falsehoods.

    I think rather than refer to them as “a crazy uncle” – we instead need to refer to them as enemies we are called to love and out of love also state in clear and no uncertain terms that they are wolves in sheeps clothing.