Dear Evangelical Christians,
I am a snowflake, a libtard, an elitist with a mental disease, a heathen, a c*nt, a worthless use of oxygen; I’m unpatriotic, illogical, ill-informed, believe the mass media and fake news, cannot think for myself, don’t know my place, and I could keep going. This is a sampling of the words used to me to describe me by self-avowed Christians just this week, some of them by the same people, even when they seem mutually exclusive.
I am confused by this. During my thirty-plus years in the church, I was taught it was a good thing to love my neighbor; help others; educate myself and seek the truth; never lie; be a voice for the voiceless and a defense for the defenseless; care for the strangers in our midst.
Yet when I do those things, I am met with hostility and vitriol. When did it become sinful to comfort the oppressed? Why do you cast aside the victims? How do you even see what is happening in the world from that pedestal you have placed yourselves on?
We were taught to comfort and listen. Yet you are now addicted to demeaning and casting judgment! You leave behind you a trail of pain and confusion, of defiance and resistance. You do not spread the word of a loving and gentle God. Your God is one of vengeful wrath and hate! You spread the message of exclusivity into a club nobody wants to join. Then you become confused and angry when the world is defiant and resists you.
We were taught the Beatitudes, what God expects of us.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who have been taken into exile, such as immigrants, those who are displaced and have no homes or belongings.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are the gentle and humble, those who are quietly strong.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are those who seek social justice in a world that is unjust. The Lord just blessed SJW’s right there.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Blessed are those who show forgiveness and compassion.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are those without sin.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God. Blessed are those who reconcile and unite adversaries and stamp out hatred, not those who start wars – whether with other people or other countries.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who follow these “Beatitudes” and are then punished for it.
This is not the Evangelical Christianity I see today. In fact, most of it is exactly the opposite. Ask me why I left the church, and why I stay away from it, and it really is simple. I cannot reconcile anything that is taught with any of the “rules”. More precisely, it’s not so much the people, it is the churches themselves. When entire denominations come together to support or denounce something that directly contradicts the Bible, I want nothing to do with it. And right now that is happening everywhere I look.
Do yourselves a favor. Either revisit your Bibles or quit calling yourselves Christians.