On September 19, Buzzfeed released an interview with Lisa Gungor promoting her book, The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen. Not only was the title of the video incorrect (“I Stopped Believing in God After Pastoring a Megachurch”) but the short film was edited in such a way as to lead fans to believe that she and her husband were no longer Christians. As expected, the video went viral and as of today has over 1,230,000 views. Concerned Christians, like myself, posted the video on our websites adding to the misinformation and for that I am sorry to add to the confusion.
On September 20, Lisa Gungor posted a correction to the video on Instagram, however, I did not know that it existed until today. In her post, Lisa explains what wasn’t said in the video. She says that she is still thankful that Buzzfeed did the story and even says that while the title bothered her, it apparently only bothered “a few” fans as well, which frankly, I feel is bothersome. Even so, I have to say that I’ve never seen a video posted on YouTube that received nearly 10k “thumbs down” (meaning “I dislike this”). In a weird way I find this encouraging as fellow Christians should be alarmed with others announce that they no longer believe. At any rate, I think we’re starting to see a lot more unconcerned Christians shrugging their shoulders to similar news.
Anyway, I wanted to do what Buzzfeed isn’t; posting Lisa’s response to the misleading video followed by the actual video. If I hear of any apology from Buzzfeed, I will be sure to post it too.
Below is Lisa’s statement followed by the original Buzzfeed video:
“Hey friends, Lisa here. I wanted to clear something up from the BuzzFeed video posted yesterday, and I hoped a good way to do it would be bold words on a very bright pink background...☺️ First, no one thinks about our stories as much as we do (self-centered humans!), so you probably didn’t think twice about the title of the BuzzFeed video (which was “I stopped believing in God after pastoring a mega-church.” But the title bothered me, and if you are one of the few it bothered as well, then this is for you.
“To be clear, I am not an atheist, nor did I pastor a mega church. I was a music leader at a mega church, yes. Michael and I started a small church in Denver, yep. I struggled with belief A LOT, tried to be an atheist for a day (I failed). The video title was out of my hands and also out of the producers’ hands. I didn’t even know what the title was going to be. I wasn’t sure what to say about it yesterday or if it needed to be cleared up. I don’t think our stories are ever completely understood by everyone; sometimes you just let the story be, but this one was too misleading for me because actually, I see God everywhere. I understand why some people end up subscribing to Atheism, but to say I did would be so far from the truth. A lot of what I said was cut out for sake of time, and I didn’t have say over what was kept and what was taken out. I do love a lot of what was kept in. ..It’s a catchy title for sure. .
“If you are curious to hear the whole story, the good news is you can actually get it! Why yes, for only one, yes one payment of $11.59 (17 cent savings 😱) you too can get the full story in this very fancy paper book I wrote called ‘The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen.’ 😏 I’m still thankful BuzzFeed did this story, I have received an overwhelming amount of positive response from people. Peace, love, happy Thursday everyone.”