Jessica Van Der Wyngaard, Director of “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye”, Says Joshua Harris Leaving Christianity is ‘Very Telling’ of Today’s Christian Culture Which Isn’t ‘a Whole Lot Different’ from Secular Culture

Director and producer Jessica Van Der Wyngaard of I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye.
Courtesy ” I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye”

The “whirlwind” of attention Joshua Harris received when he said he is no longer a Christian proves to be “very telling” of the Christian culture today, the director of “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” said.

Rather than think through, own and take personal responsibility for one’s faith, many Christians give too much credence to the thoughts and prescriptions of one person, Jessica Van Der Wyngaard suggested in a statement this week.

“Our culture is obsessed with quick fixes, celebrities, and social media influencers, and unfortunately, Christians aren’t a whole lot different,” she said.

Like many fellow Christians, Van Der Wyngaard was surprised to hear Harris’ announcement that he is “not a Christian” anymore. Harris is the author of the 1997 best seller I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which discouraged dating and influenced the purity movement.

Just as many Christians may have religiously followed the formula offered by Harris in his now discontinued book, Van Der Wyngaard is hoping they don’t do the same in falling away as he did.

The conclusion should not be drawn that asking tough questions leads to falling away from the faith, she noted.

“People fear throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but we don’t have to. Throughout Scripture we see individuals wrestle with God and ask hard questions. This dynamic is a big part of what a vibrant relationship with the Living God is about,” she stated.

On Friday, she’s making her 2018 documentary “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” available on YouTube for free. The documentary features Harris speaking with various people who have been hurt by what he prescribed in his book. He acknowledges that his book led many to ultimately idolize virginity as they sought to follow a simple formula that they felt would lead to a happily ever after. In the film, he apologizes and said he doesn’t agree with much of his own book.

He also encourages viewers to think on their own and decide things for themselves rather than letting others make the decisions for them.

Van Der Wyngaard commented, “The ideas and observations uncovered in the documentary challenge us to be discerning thinkers when it comes to relationships, but more importantly, our faith itself.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sheryl Lynn