“haters gonna hate: an open letter to everyone…IN THE WORLD.”—
(note: this is something i’ve never done with tumblr. my tumblr is for sharing my illustrations and fun things i find. that’s what it will continue to be, but i wrote a letter tonight, and felt like i should share it. like it or hate it or maintain a steady feeling of indifference towards it, here it is)
In the midst of preachers holding good ol’ fashion book burnings and certain sign-wielding churches, I want to communicate a few things on behalf of my faith as a Christian. I feel like, because I call myself a Christian, I am being grossly mislabeled and judged because of the actions of a few “unique” groups who happen to have gained the favor of mass media. First off, book burnings…? Really?! Everyone knows that burning books is so 19th century. Maybe instead of burning these books, you could throw them in a giant angry recycling bin. It would be a lot more environmentally conscious, albeit just as ignorant. And I’ve seen some of these infamous protest signs. I honestly don’t see what’s so great about them. The color choices are tacky, the font selection is just so-so, and they are just as ignorant and tasteless as the book-burning clubs. They probably don’t even use recycled paper for the signs.
So, to all the people supporting these acts of hatred under then name of Christianity, I’d like to remind you of what your Bible says in 1 Corinthians 16, “Do everything with love.” If you’re confused with what love is, and you think love has something to do with condemning anyone who doesn’t go to your backwards church in Topeka, Kansas, turn back a few pages to 1 Corinthians 13, which gives this definition of love, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” Paul the Apostle precedes that definition with this poignant remark, “If I could speak all languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” This is in your Bible folks, same as mine. “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good (Romans 12:9).”
And to all those who aren’t Christians…please don’t judge Christianity based on the actions of Christians. You would think that would be the best way to get a good picture of Christianity, but, as it turns out, most Christians are people, and all people have the tendency to make mistakes. If you want to make an educated, informed opinion about Christianity, find a Bible, crack it open to the New Testament and read it for yourself. Chances are you’ll have read more of the Bible than most of the misguided crowd in line to sign up for the next book-burning party.