Dear Evangelical Church,1)The phrase “Evangelical Church” in this letter is addressed to the transdenominational evangelical movement, not to any particular church or denomination it’s time that we broke up.
I know that this comes as a shock to you. We had a good thing going for a long time. But you’ve changed.
I think back to when we first met. I’m sure you remember it too. We met through our mutual friend Jesus. You had known him for a long time, but I was coming out of a bad breakup. My previous relationship had been very controlling. One could even say it was emotionally abusive. Maybe Jesus’ message didn’t mean much to you anymore, but to me the dual concepts of grace and faith were incredibly freeing.
Looking back I can see that there were warning signs even then, but at the time I was just so happy to be free of my previous relationship that I rebounded right into your arms. Sure, there were a few problems, but our friend Jesus was central to both of our lives and that made up for them. Or so I thought.
I’m sure you know that our mutual friend has some guidelines. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great guy. As a matter of fact, it’s his greatness that caused me to start doubting my relationship with you.
You see, he has a real soft spot for anyone who was in need. I remember him telling a story about a guy who found a minority mugged and beaten on the side of the road. The guy took the minority to a hotel, paid for his room, and made sure that he got the care he needed. Our friend Jesus told us to do the same.
Another story that I remember him telling involved the sheep and the goats. The sheep represented the ones who were his friends and the goats represented the ones who weren’t. He said that his friends were the ones who fed the hungry, watered the thirsty, gave shelter to the stranger, clothed the naked, cared for the sick, and visited the prisoner. The goats were the ones who claimed to be his friend but did none of those things. Jesus made it clear that those people weren’t his friends at all. They claimed to be his friend with their words but they showed themselves to be his enemy with their actions.
I started to realize that you, Evangelical Church, don’t have much interest in those things anymore. The problem, as I see it, is that you’ve exchanged the cross for the sword. You’ve become infatuated with political power and will ignore every command of our friend Christ to achieve it.
We don’t even have good conversations anymore. When we talk about the minorities you say they should be deported. When we talk about the hungry you say they should get a job. When we talk about giving shelter to the stranger you say they’re too dangerous. When we talk about clothing the naked you say that you give your 10% to the church, thereby absolving yourself of blame. When we talk about caring for the sick you say that they should work harder so that they can afford better health insurance. When we talk about visiting the prisoners you change it into a conversation about being tough on crime. You let your partisan political ideology dictate everything that you do, words of Christ be damned. Actions speak louder than words, and your actions show that you are rotten to the core.
Because of these things I already felt us drifting apart. I became ashamed to tell people that we went to college together. I didn’t want them knowing that I had ever been associated with Liberty University.
But none of those things were what caused me to breakup with you, although they should have. I began to give serious thought to severing ties with you when you overwhelmingly supported a person who called for torture, indiscriminate killing of civilians, sexual assault, racism, religious and ethnic profiling, the tearing apart of families, the trampling of human rights, and many other terrible things. You saw a chance for political power and somehow, someway, you persuaded yourself that supporting him was a good thing.
I woke up last Wednesday morning, Nov. 9th, 2016, to find that those of you who are white voted 81-19 to elect that terrible person to power. You chose the sword over the cross and have caused irreparable harm to the gospel and to the world.
I hope you understand, then, why we must go our separate ways. I’m still pretty infatuated with my friend Jesus. He’s more important to me than you are. It’s clear that you don’t care about him anymore, so we can’t be together.
It’s not me, it’s you.
Evangelical Church, I hope that selling your soul was worth it. You may have won the world, but you’ve lost your soul. I won’t be seeing you anymore.
Your former lover
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|1.||↑||The phrase “Evangelical Church” in this letter is addressed to the transdenominational evangelical movement, not to any particular church or denomination|
|2.||↑||The phrase "Evangelical Church" in this letter is addressed to the transdenominational evangelical movement, not to any particular church or denomination|