Dear Christians, Things Need to Change

He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

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I heard a preacher once say that too many churches aren’t going out into the world to preach the gospel. He said that as “fishers of men” we sit idle and expect the fish to jump into the boat instead of tossing our nets into the water. But we are doing something else lately. We are pouring gasoline into the water around the boat and lighting it on fire. We are taking the fish we’ve already caught and throwing them back. We are actively chasing people away, is what I’m saying.

It seems every other week there’s another story in the news about Christians behaving badly, especially when it comes to how we treat the LGBTQ+ population. Christian organizations are suspending pastors for performing same sex marriages. Christian bakers are refusing service to gay customers. And don’t even get me started on the Nashville Statement.

And yes, I know #NotAllChristians. I grew up in the church, and I still attend, and still consider myself a Christian. I know that a lot of Christians honestly believe that they are only doing what God expects of them. They sincerely believe that they are doing what’s right. The problem lies in how this is perceived by those outside of the church.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

When people outside of the church see us voting for an admitted sexual assaulter and an accused child molester, they don’t want anything to do with us. When they see us fighting for the right to treat LGBTQ+ people as second-class citizens, they see only hate in our eyes. When they see us arguing that “biblical marriage” is between one man and one woman while the Bible has multiple examples of polygamy, they see us for the hypocrites we are.

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands. Matthew 22:36–40

Rather than knowing we are Christians by our love, the world knows us by our hatred and bigotry. This must change if we are to “go and make disciples of all nations”(Matthew 19). As things are right now, why would anyone want to be our disciples?

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, please hear my heart. We are not showing the love of Christ to the lost. We are not being Christ-like. This must change.

Poet, lover, thinker, human.

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