This is something that’s been on my brain for several months now.
I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life and this pattern persists into my day-to-day operations. I’m always having to apologize for flying off the handle, being stubborn or eating all the bacon bits. It’s just how I tend to do business. One day, I began to consider this idea of saying, “My bad,” and I applied it in terms of my faith.
As Christians, many of us are used to saying, “My bad,” to God about our sinfulness. But very rarely do we say, “My bad,” to the people around us when our actions distort for them what Christianity is actually about or what Christ’s message is truly about.
When I was in high school, I went on a mission trip. On this mission trip, I had a host family that opened up their home to me and some of my friends. This opening up included their fridge and pantry and during our stay, we discovered beer in the fridge. Not cocaine. Beer.
After much consideration, I thought it would be tremendously helpful if I left a “WWJD?” note on the beer on our last night so that when the dad went to get a beer, he’d see my pithy note and reconsider his demonic ways of beer-drinking.
I was never able to say, “My bad” for that. I hope it didn’t do any lasting damage, but I’ll never truly know.
The My Bad Project isn’t about redeeming Christianity and repairing how skeptics interact with churchgoers. It’s simply about calling attention to the smaller, individual things that may perpetuate that rift.
If you’ve ever done something stupid in the name of Christ and were never able to tell the person/people, “My bad”, then this is the space for you to do it. It may not undo the impact of what you did to someone, but it may impact someone else in a positive way. That’s the hope anyways.
I would love it if you wanted to become involved in the project through contributing, connecting or following. If you have any comments or thoughts, I’d love to hear them: knox @ themybadproject dot com.