Believing family, church members, christian leaders, close friends….
Sometimes it feels like you are withdrawing your relationship with certain believers in your life in hopes that they will change their tune, or not talk so much about controversial issues, or you are truly concerned for their walk with the Lord due to differences you are seeing emerge on social media and in real life decision making.
Too many of us have felt the tension of being forced into what feels like a choice having to be made that we don’t want to have to make… because we don’t think we should have to.
Please don’t make us choose between continuing a relationship with you and being pro-life as you know it OR standing up for a holistic approach to reducing abortions and advocating for women’s healthcare, better mental healthcare, medicaid, housing laws, gun control and radical sacrifice through adoption, fostering and standing in the gap for single parents.
Please don’t make us choose between continuing a relationship with you and your desire for purity and commitment to a specific hermeneutic of scripture OR being honest, raw and public about issues of sexuality and gender, struggles and failures, as we wrestle through what Scripture says and means about it all. As well as insisting on protective respectful treatment of all and striving to love our LGBTQ neighbor/brother-sister well even if one clings to an orthodox view of sexuality or not.
Please don’t make us choose between continuing a relationship with you and the freedoms you celebrate and the country you take such pride in OR insisting that freedom for all means economic justice, immigration expansion, education equality, disability inclusion, government provision and sacrificial stewardship of privilege in order that those in the margins can not only live but thrive here.
Please don’t make us choose between continuing a relationship with you and your respect for authority and separation of issues of race and the gospel OR being unapologetically vocal about the pursuit of justice we long for in our cities and often see missing in our churches. Often involving questioning authority, demanding systemic reform, contending that certain lives must matter that have not, and believing those marching in the streets or kneeling on the field in protest have something to say that we as believers can ignore no longer.
Don’t make us choose, because we WILL choose the latter. Hopefully not without a fight for you, but we can’t fight the battles at hand AND you….not for long.