Dear Offended Christian, From a Very Tired Christian

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  1. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    this really some things up. love it



    http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/05/26/dear-offended-christian-from-a-very-tired-christian/

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    Dear Offended Christian,

    I’m terribly sorry that your feelings are hurt again. I feel badly about that. None of us likes to be criticized, so I totally get it.

    I know I’ve said some pretty hard words to you recently, and maybe I’ve been somewhat less than “cheery” in my delivery, but that happens when you’re tired.

    And I am really tired:

    I’m tired of hearing you telling gay people that they can’t simultaneously be both gay and Christian.

    I’m tired of having to explain what “Transgender” means to adult Christian people, who I’m quite sure have Internet access and should know better by now that it ain’t “a guy in a dress”.

    I’m tired of arrogant pulpit bullies who believe they’re entitled to tell people where they can pee and who they can marry and whether they really love Jesus or not.

    I’m tired of you being more outraged by red coffee cups and department store restrooms than by poverty and racism and gun violence.

    I’m tired of gay people being accused of the kind of predatory behavior that straight men have been exhibiting, since the man cave was—an actual cave.

    I’m tired of reminding you that the number of times Jesus spoke about gender identity and sexual orientation in the Gospels—is zero.

    I’m tired of having to explain to people that although I am a Christian, that I’m not that type of Christian; the kind that is generous with damnation and stingy with Grace.

    I’m tired of LGBTQ teens cutting their forearms and jumping off buildings because they’re told by their church friends that God hates them, because their Christian parents told them, because their Christian pastors told them.

    I’m tired of followers of Jesus who don’t seem interested in cracking open a book to see what we’ve learned about the brain and the body in 2,000 years, or to realize that gender identity and sexual orientation don’t equal the word “homosexuality” in the Bible.

    I’m tired of all the time I have to spend undoing the damage the Church has done to queer kids and their families.

    I’m tired of religious folk who seem to want small government everywhere except the bedroom and bathroom.

    I’m tired of Scientific ignorance being treated as if it’s a Christian virtue.

    I’m tired of hearing you preach verbatim the gospel of Fox News.

    I’m tired of high-profile pastors blaming gay people for 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina and ISIS and child obesity.

    I’m tired of waiting for you to show up in this world and actually show the freakin’ love of Jesus to people the way he did and told you to, without excuses or caveats or theological tap dancing to avoid it.

    I’m tired of this wasteful, fruitless, mean-spirited, unprovoked, unbiblical attack on the LGBTQ community, that is squandering so much time and life and beauty in the name of a God who is supposedly Love.

    I’m tired of so many people believing that “Christian” and “bigot” are synonymous—and not disagreeing with them.

    I’m tired of a Church which seems to be so ambivalent toward the teachings and example of Jesus.

    I’m tired of a Christianity that is making me more and more embarrassed to be associated with it.

    So I get that your feelings are hurt. I understand that you’re offended, and that’s not my intention.

    But listen, if you’re going to tell a group of people that they’re going to Hell simply for existing, and you’re going to continually target those people through the Church and the Law and your social media accounts, don’t get angry with me when I tell you you’re being hateful and judgmental and ignorant.

    It could be worse.

    At least I’m not damning you for all eternity.

    Sincerely,

    A Very Tired Christian



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  2. jkcerda, May 29, 2016
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    EDIT. Letting it go
     
  3. garirry macrumors 68000

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    A great solution would be to stop being Christian.
     
  4. impulse462 macrumors 68000

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    there you stand, in the light of day
     
  5. jkcerda macrumors 6502a

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    It's overcast and I'm headed to the Getty museum....http://www.getty.edu/visit/
     
  6. thermodynamic Suspended

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    A better way would be true to it verbatim and then finding a country that practices it verbatim and moving there. Might be an interesting experiment...

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    If they thought about it, the number of plane tickets there wouldn't go up...

    The problem is, they will all nitpick various parables and passages, be unaware of others, make excuses as to why the New Testament supposedly overrides the Old despite disciples making comments that link TO the Old so they're not overrode after all...

    Meanwhile, most Christians don't even do the charity, or state anti-greed statements, the way Christ had. Some even try to spin it that the wealthy that used greed and other unethical means to get there are justified and blessed as a result. WTF, indeed, that's more of what Satan would probably do.
     
  7. impulse462 macrumors 68000

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    wow, looks really interesting actually. cool. i should visit socal more often. just wanna go to the USC parties :D
     

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