I know you are frustrated; I know you are sad; I know you are worried. Everything you have come to believe is important seems to be less and less important to everyone else. People at large think you are arrogant, judgmental and hypocritical. It seems like even your own “brothers and sisters in Christ” can’t do anything but rip on you and each other. It almost seems like half of your time needs to be spent defending the reality that your faith is not the same thing as your politics and the other half of your time is spent trying to figure out if you are reaching people for Jesus or selling out to popular culture. You often feel like you have more in common with the people you are serving than you do with the “body of Christ”. You are tired, you are scared and you feel alone.
I am here to tell you that you are in good company. Don’t loose heart. There is nothing in this world that ever came easy and there is no reason to think that will change now. Sure, your stance on premarital sex seems antiquated to most. Yes, your belief that life starts at conception will always draw the “what if” scenarios you don’t have a good answer for and people will automatically assume you are closed minded and heartless. There is no doubt that people will spot your hypocrisy. The more good you do in this world the more bad they will find in you. Heck, even your fellow Christians will judge you. Sometimes, them more than anyone. And what’s worst of all is that most of the people you come into contact with simply won’t care about you or what you have to say unless they are looking to argue with you. Just don’t forget that you hold the most powerful truth that this world has ever seen: love.
I don’t mean romantic love. That love that we see in the movies that can move mountains. I mean the kind of love that suffers long. I mean the kind of love that puts others first. Listen, this world operates on the premise of power. Those who have the power make the rules so you can never really come out on top, right? But when you return hate with love; when you show grace first; when you seek to be present not right. That is a game played by a very different set of rules and you know the guy who wrote them, personally.
So love the LGTBQ community and then… love them some more. Let your heart break for racial injustice and say something about it. Don’t just feed the hungry, eat with them. Befriend the drug addict who just can’t get his act together. Grieve with the would-be mother who just lost her baby because she chose to. LOVE. Love the way God loved you when you were alone and hurting. Not in a comfortable, safe, feel good kinda way. Love like Jesus loved. Because if you do that, there is no force in this world that can stop you and an eternal place for you in the next.
Grace and Peace,