1 Peter 5:1-3 The Message (MSG)
I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.
Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms. Born Again,
I have been meaning to write you for a while but I haven’t gotten the chance. You see, I really don’t like to be caught in religious arguments because I am a firm believer in “working out your salvation” but it seems the issues in our society have made this a collective working out.
Now I am not here to quote scriptures with you or try to turn you away from your faith. I love God and I believe in Jesus with all my heart so I want us to have a conversation. I just want, to be honest, and say the things that bother me. Hopefully, we can have a conversation and not start a shouting match.
The thing is I don’t have a problem with your Christianity or should I say your version of Christianity. I really don’t mind that you don’t think women should be pastors or the fact that you feel tattoos will condemn a person to hell. I am not mad that you are against abortions or the fact that you feel women should not put on trousers. It doesn’t even bother me that you think that hair extensions are from the marine world and that Christian Hip Hop is of the devil.
You see, the problem is not your Christianity. Your pastors are the problem.
I know you might rush to their defense now (or not). You probably will tell me that your pastor is a “man” prone to mistakes and that you take what you can and leave the rest. However, you still attending the church and “sitting under the man’s anointing.” Or am I wrong?
No matter what you want to say, everyone’s theology is shaped by their pastor. Let’s cut the bull. No matter how much you study the Bible, you probably will interpret it based on what Pastor A said or something you heard Pastor C say. Pastor C probably picked it up from his pastor who picked it up from Pastor M who picked it up from Pastor Y. The circle of half truths and false prophecies.
I am not going to go into what I believe. This post is not about that. It is about your pastors who promote hate and find it hard to Preach love. It is about the ones who ask for freedom to practice their religion but are very intolerant to other faith and people. You see the foundation of your Christian faith is tied to a teaching of a particular pastor in your life. Now to be in denial is entirely up to you.
To this end, I don’t have a problem with your Christianity. It’s not like you had a choice in the matter. It’s probably what you grew up with or learned over time. I have a problem with the lies your pastor is teaching you. I am tired of the false doctrines and the way they find a way to make you lose all reasonable doubt and believe them totally.
Your pastors do not teach you to be individuals. They don’t teach you to critically analyse situations. They don’t let the Bible speak to you. They want to be in control of every aspect of your life because God said so. They do not want you to question the teachings and ask practical questions; I mean the wisdom of God is foolishness to men right?
Before you come for my head, know that I am not saying all Pastors are the same. I think some pastors are focusing on what really matters and are trying hard to not be a part of the charade. However, there is a need for you to examine your faith critically. Look at how it makes you treat people of different faiths. Read your Bible in the context that it was written and not as a weapon to attack people who see the world differently from you. Demand accountability from your Pastors and let them know that you see past their BS and police escorts. Let them know they owe it to the congregation to preach a message of love, hope, and tolerance. Do not be afraid of tolerance. Use your head. Use common sense. It wasn’t given to you to not use with your Christianity. Plus, Christ is the head of the Church and not your pastor.
So yes, I do not have a problem with your Christianity. It is subject to change. It can evolve if you let it. You can transform it if you let go of your pastor’s theology and find your truth.