Dear Sir or Madam,
Let me first begin by saying that I love you and that for some of you, I know that your heart may be in the right place. But I speak for a great majority when I say that you are in desperate need of a change of perspective. Allow me to help you with that. If you’re sitting in church next to a person covered in tattoos and piercings and a dress that may be tighter than anything you’ve ever owned, what do you see? If you see a sinner that doesn’t belong and should be ashamed of what she’s wearing, then you, my dear, are a part of the problem. So often I see people treating Christianity or the church as a “social club” where if you don’t fit the standards of ‘holiness’, you don’t belong. Do we deserve Jesus any more than the person that’s still in need of salvation? Absolutely not. The way that you have scrutinized every little mistake of the world and made people feel less than worthy has caused them to completely miss the true meaning of what we were called to do: love. Simply put—you’re making us look bad. I see you huff and puff and get uptight around Easter and New Years because the ‘once a year attendees’ will be showing up and I get it–God deserves more. But have you considered that on one of these Easter Sundays, God has a divine appointment to change that ‘once a year attendee ‘ into a sold out, no-turning-back ,regular attendee? I watched a video of Steve Harvey speaking and in so many words he said that maturing in your faith is a process. Now for those of you that went to the alter to dedicate your life to Christ and you were completely reformed at ‘Amen’, praise God. But for many of us, it took time. And if we’re being honest, God is still working on me (I pray that he never stops). Let me give you a little bit of my backstory: I gave my life to Christ at 19. I would still read my bible from time to time and I prayed but I also partied, I fornicated, I had a child out of wedlock, and I was downright irresponsible. It took me some time to get it right! I now read my bible daily, I pray constantly, I serve in my ministry faithfully, I’m a blessing to my family and I use this blog to encourage people. You know why? Because there were people constantly lifting me up in prayer. I’ll end with this last thought–and it’s a scary one. Every time we judge someone instead of praying for them or encouraging them, we’re essentially saying that we don’t care about their soul. Can you imagine the sorrow the Father feels every time a soul is lost? At the end of the day, it’s about the souls. If we’re not in this to help bring others to Jesus, then what are we really doing this for? Because wasn’t that Jesus’ entire ministry? All I’m saying is instead of judging one another, let’s take that same energy and love that person enough to pray for them. Because love covers a multitude of sins, right? Right. Let us never forget Matthew 7:1.
An understanding, been-there-done-that, imperfect Christian