We feel like we have a pretty good take on the average Catch reader. And since most of it is good (though not always recognized as good by other Christians) let me encourage you with this.
First and foremost, you are Christians who feel you have a right to what you believe (and you do). You are spiritual, but most interested in developing you own faith. This does not mean you make up things; it means you are seeking true truth even if it doesn’t go along with the more popularly held Christian values espoused by other Christians you know.
You want to decide for yourselves what belief looks like. Your Christianity has been over-structured and you want to find freedom in faith — what Os Guinness calls soul freedom. Though you may have had little encouragement in the right to choose your own path of belief, you are taking it anyway, and the Catch turns out to be a community that supports this independent thinking instead of discouraging it. Up until now, you have felt trapped in spiritual environments with limited choices. The Catch is freeing.
Most of you are most likely embarrassed by Christians behaving badly in the world. You are looking for something you can seek your teeth into — something with an edge to it — something you can share with non-Christian friends and say: “See, not all Christians are what you think they are.”
A few of you owe your continuing faith to the Catch.
Thus, many of you feel like you are getting away with something. You want to share the Catch, but you don’t. Marti says it’s like sneaking off with the girls to a male strip joint and finding out it’s really a lot of fun, but who can you tell?
You are loyal because we have shared something human— on a deeper level than other Christians you know. You realize you have been playing a kind of game with church. You go along with it, but you know it only goes so far. Something like the Catch goes farther. It blows the whistle on the game. You like that but then again, you don’t, because you’re on the fence. So the fact that you can access the Catch privately, and you don’t have to share it with your pastor of Bible study group makes you think you are getting away with something.
Because of the personal nature of the writing, you feel connected to us, as if you know us, so you want to get some personal encouragement (if we can do it; you can do it).
The Catch is not like a devotional that only brings you closer to the Lord; it brings you closer to yourself, because you see yourself and experience yourself vicariously through the writing. You are coming for your own growth and your own connection with your humanness that doesn’t get much attention normally in Christian circles.
You like to laugh. It draws you out. You like to share the Catch with a few selective close friends – husbands and wives reading together – permission to be human. You like being drawn in and not told what to believe and do. You also don’t buy everything. You don’t agree with everything. You like the fact that you aren’t expected to agree. This makes you fiercely loyal because you feel like you have found an oasis in the desert.
Now if we could just get you to share the Catch with others.
There are so many more people like you who would benefit from this. We need your help letting people know. We understand how you might like to keep it to yourself, but don’t. It’s too important. Give it away. We’re creating a rich resource here for believers worldwide. We are going somewhere. Come go with us and spread the word! We’re so glad you’re here!