The Christian Church Failed Jon Steingard, and It’s Failing Your Kids Too

Daniel Whyte IV
Interfaith Now
Published in
8 min readJun 26, 2020

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Jonathan Steingard (Credit: Rick Diamond, Getty Images for KLOVE)
Jonathan Steingard (Credit: Rick Diamond, Getty Images for KLOVE)

Last month, Jon Steingard, lead vocalist for the Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, revealed that he no longer believes in God. His revelation is the latest in a long line of well-known individuals who have publicly walked away from the Christian faith. Not to mention the even longer line of those raised in the Church who, according to statistics, cease attending church or abandon their faith as young adults.

Steingard wrote a lengthy Instagram post describing how he came to his decision after years of doubt and unanswered questions (or questions answered insufficiently). I can identify with much of his experience, being raised in a Christian home with an evangelist-pastor for a father and grandparents who were pastors as well. I was homeschooled, went to a church-school, and graduated from a Christian college. Until relatively recently, most of the people I knew shared similar beliefs in God, the Bible, and faith in Christ.

I was no stranger to the nightmare stories of young people raised in Christian homes going off to college and becoming unbelievers under the influence of liberal atheist professors. (Credit: Element5 Digital, Unsplash)

However, I was no stranger to the nightmare stories of young people raised in Christian homes going off to college and becoming unbelievers under the influence of liberal atheist professors. I heard the…

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Daniel Whyte IV
Interfaith Now

Scifi/fantasy nerd pretending to be serious by writing about culture + faith. Signal booster for common sense, objectivity, and humor.