That might seem a bit arrogant actually. I just don’t know how to word it, so I’m going with this. I hope you can give me some flexibility here.
Some of you who read the title are already making judgements about me – just based on the title. Here’s another person who is apologizing for everything ever done. No. That’s not quite it. Read on, if you dare.
I’m doing this because frankly I’m sick and tired of arrogant “Christians” who make a mockery of Christianity. I’m sick and tired of “Christians” who love the label but refuse to live out the calling of what it means.
So here goes. I’d like to apologize on behalf of Christianity to non-Christians and to other Christians alike who have developed a certain perception about Christians in general. Trust me, a small, arrogant minority doesn’t equal what every Christian is actually like. Most Christians I have come across are actually quite pleasant and doing their best to live like Christians – sometimes it works out better than other times. No one is perfect, nor should we be.
But there are some people who make it extremely difficult to have a positive view of Christianity – even for Christians.
I’d like to apologize for Christians who thrive off of picking fights on any number of topics. Each denomination has these individuals. They are more concerned with being right than with the well-being of any person. I’m not sure if they were somehow scarred by the church at some point, but they see no issue with scarring others. These are people who will find something wrong in any circumstance, just to be right. I really wish these Christians would read Matthew 7:3-5 before they open their mouths or type words in social media.
I apologize for Christians who apparently spend most of their waking days attempting to destroy denominations who disagree with them and then go beyond that – by being either Islamophobic or anti-Semitic or anti-something or someone else.
I apologize for Christians who see no separation between what they believe politically with their religious beliefs – and treat anyone who differs with either one like trash. Apparently, loving one’s neighbor doesn’t apply when it comes to religion or politics. Then again, maybe they missed the part where Jesus says that everyone is our neighbor.
I apologize for Christians who think the Sermon on the Mount has nothing to do with how Jesus calls us to act towards others.
I apologize for Christians who love the name Christian, but refuse to live out what it means to be a Christian.
I apologize for apologizing.
On second thought, maybe there’s a better way to go about this.
Replace apologize with the word “Prayer.” Now read what is written. We aren’t called to change others – we can’t. We can only be honest about what bothers us, explore why it bothers or harms us or others. And we can pray.
Prayer is about letting go. It’s about letting go of our version of being right. It’s about eliminating us and them. It’s about handing it over to God and allowing God to realign us to God’s will.
Prayers don’t have to be perfectly worded. But prayers ought to be honest. We can’t hide from God anyway.
I’ll be praying for many people. I just hope that those who have a problem with me are praying for me as well. If we can do that, imagine how the world would change.