"I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of ...Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen."
I have followed her on Facebook and watched how she preferred to let her views define her faith as opposed to the other way around.
No one joins Christianity; no one quits it. You either are living for Christ, or for something else. I do not know Anne Rice personally, and don't know what she genuinely believes about Christ. If her Facebook site is to be considered in the mix, she seems earnest, though somewhat manipulated by culture. At the very least, she seems to be searching for truth, but refers more to the New York Times than the Bible when it comes to sorting out matters of faith. I read and love the NYT, but was surprised how much she lets it influence her.
There are small-minded people who see Fred Phelps and think that defines what a Christian life looks like, or, the Catholic Church's priest scandals, and believe all priests are pedophiles. If so, no wonder they ache when they hear the word "christian." More than that, Rice appears likewise blind to what is going on outside of Christianity. This is no defense of those Christians making bad press, but an awful lot of hatred exists among those with no faith as well.
A good Christian isn't bragging about obedience to God. They don't brag about how much they give to the poor, AIDS hospices, serve in difficult areas as doctors or nurses, or teach others to read. They don't mention when they help widows and orphans. Humility is part of our faith. Easier said than done, but anyone who is part of an active church knows these things go on daily, unseen and unheard. Some do brag, and others can off their rocker, but quietly, many are doing what Jesus Christ asks. They first 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' Then, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' In that order. Matthew 22:36-39.
Is it Bob Dylan all over again?
BeliefNet gets into this some.
Anne Rice Breaks Up With Christianity via Facebook
Gotta Serve Somebody - Phil Keaggy and Paul Clark (song by Bob Dylan). Clark nails Dylan's version, and Keaggy's guitar is amazing. Some local guys manage well through a couple solos nicely.