To whom it may concern,
I spent some time today scrolling through my Facebook feed, and it didn’t take too much time for me to come across someone posting a link to something that was made to mockingly degrade certain people’s world view. Now, as a devout Christian, I have come across much of this aimed towards my faith, and I am usually filled with sadness. We are so often pegged as hypocrites, gay-haters, bigots, and more.
I felt angry and hurt. People attacking my world view as if I am somehow an idiot for not having my views line up with theirs. I am told that as a Christian I don’t tolerate differences, yet these people seem to be anything but accepting of me and my differences. These are my initial thoughts. These people often are attacking a ridiculous caricature of the Christian faith and have no interest other than belittling its adherents and making them out to be fools. There is no aim for growth or progress, just destruction and malice.
However, the point I want to make here is not that I am mad at these people, but rather that I am sorry. I am sorry because I too have pressed upon people with certain views a stereotype. I too have been inconsistent with living out life the way I think it should be. I too have failed to be the change that I hope to see in the world.
Perhaps we are all a little inconsistent. Perhaps those who believe themselves to be so enlightened (Christians included) can stop belittling those they feel are not as enlightened. Maybe we can show each other some grace. I’m sorry that I act like I understand your worldview as well as I think I understand mine.
Rather, I hope that I can do a better job at caring for the people of other beliefs. I want to begin to fully understand them and have a healthy dialogue. Whether we are the right ones or not we are going to have to learn to get along. So if you are someone who has felt judged or belittled by someone of the Christian faith I want to be the first person to say sorry. I really really am. I believe Christians should be accepting and loving of others.
I see first hand how often people misrepresent Christianity. I see how people who adhere to that label do terrible things that aren’t in line with the faith, and I wish we wouldn’t have to be associated with them. Yet I often don’t stop to think that I may be misrepresenting other people. Maybe I am attacking a straw man myself or a person who claims a belief yet aren’t representing the belief’s actual views.
I hope if you have felt this way you will accept this apology. Christians can and will be inconsistent. They can be narrow minded. They can be judgmental and hateful towards others. I wish that were not the case and I wish that I had never added to that, but unfortunately I have at times. I believe in a message of forgiveness, love, and restoration. I want others to act a certain way and I hope that I will do a better job in living out that message in my actions.
I’d love to talk to anyone about Christianity and I would love to get a clearer picture of what it means to be something other than Christian.
Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. I hope that this may begin a healing process that some people desperately need from people who identify as Christians.