OPEN LETTER to Christians: This is WHY the WORLD Speaks the Way They Do About Us

This IS WHY the world speaks the way they do about us. Well at least one reason.
Why are we representing the faith by furthering the ugliness?

OPEN LETTER to Christians:
My heart breaks over and over as I continue to read how fellow Christians are treating each other – especially during a political season. Yes, we should be involved in politics! And if we don’t discuss the important things this country needs to fix then we only have ourselves to blame. The mentality to be quieted is wrong. But also WRONG is how many are treating each other – with hatred and intense anger.

Maybe you don’t think that image or quote you post online or speak out loud is filled with a hateful tone, but have you stopped to consider it might be? I’ve seen a lot of good and truthful ones, even partisan ones that are done tastefully. But I have seen MANY that are not any of those things but instead a slap in the face of people we might just sit next to at church or at work or at school or a family get together. How can we live in peace like this? Aren’t we all asking for world peace?

Our passion about something should be loud but with love.

I am very pleased to have people tell me that my points, debates, and discussions are fair and not hurtful.

BUT I am MORE pleased when God is pleased and I know He is pleased when I walk HIS walk and talk HIS talk. LOVE.

“Would I say what I say to others to God’s face? Would I post that image and quote on His wall should He choose to have one? Would I write that thought and debate that way on His blog?” These are questions we should be asking ourselves.

Have I personally been guilty of this in the past? YOU BET I HAVE. Am I ashamed for it and did I learn from it? YOU BET.

Fellow Christians, why the anger and hatred hurled towards each other? Why not discuss? If you put forth a view point, shouldn’t you at least be willing to discuss it – especially if you know WHY you believe in it?

We are called to LOVE.

EVERYONE.

We should be praying in love for everyone, EVEN those candidates we do not agree with, EVEN those fellow Believers we don’t agree with about issues.

Why do we wonder why the world says what they do about us when we perpetrate these things against each other?

Everyone I know could tell everyone else they know exactly why I choose politically the candidates I choose – I vote the sanctity of life. But it is with compassion that I share these things, not with anger. Do I get angry. YOU BET I DO. Like when someone outside my faith types (with great anonymity and distance) “you should have been aborted even though you are a product of rape, since we can’t know who will turn out to be a good person” or when someone inside my faith puts words in the mouth of Christ that He himself never said just to further their political gain. But it is how I voice it that keeps it within a loving boundary that it is heard the most. I know this because I practice it.

God is in control of this election. Maybe we have had the Presidents in the U.S. we have had for the past 20 years because we need to wake up! God puts them there but we don’t know why… we can’t claim to know why and we have to trust that God is the only ONE who knows what we need.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. —

1 Timothy 2:1-2

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27 thoughts on “OPEN LETTER to Christians: This is WHY the WORLD Speaks the Way They Do About Us

  1. deisticchristian says:

    I agree that both sides should treat each other with respect. We seem to have lost a lot of civility in the last 20 years or so. I have to admit that I vote pro-life, but not in the way that most pro-lifers do. I look at what a candidate is likely to actually do and the amount of respect they have for all life, not just the unborn. Sadly, the candidate that most pro-lifers will vote for don’t really respect life or the family. They just use a lot of code words to trick people into voting for them when they have no intention of doing what God asks of us.

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    • Heather Mertens - 40YearWanderer says:

      Thank you so much. Yes, it is all about Him. My life grew infinitely better when I accepted [knew it many years ;) ] that my tongue could be either life or death in a situation. I chose Life.

      I appreciate you reading and commenting. I love the God-connections.

      God bless you!
      – Heather

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  2. john says:

    Amy Carmichael wrote.
    However hard you hit a glass of fresh spring water it can never spill salt water.
    So we should only speak words of love in gentleness if we have Jesus as Lord in our hearts and life.
    I see Him in your words.
    Shalom dear sister john (jomar_uk) on twitter aka Abba’s ragamuffin.

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    • Heather Mertens - 40YearWanderer says:

      Thank you John. I would be nothing without God. My words were futile and lost before. Now they are His. Until I was an attentive friend of Jesus I could not fully follow and walk alongside Him. I appreciate you taking a moment to read. God bless and Shalom to you.

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  3. walter bright says:

    hey Heather, thanks for leaving a link to this article on my blog. The issue you are addressing in this article is increasingly becomiing a disgrace to the name of Jesus. The fact that christians can be so nasty toward each in the public square is appalling. I appreciate the urgent call for us to become more loving and respectful toward one another. We can disagree but we can not be disagreeable.

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  4. God is Good says:

    Agreed. Although I do not live in USA I agree. In fact how we treat one another is one of our greatest witnesses to the world. I am constantly reminded of Romans 14:4 … Essentially … Do not judge another man’s servant … We are called to love one another … Judgement is not for us … We can disagree, yet not judge … To condemn is not our role … Even Jesus chose not to condemn the world … So in condemning one another … who are we really serving?
    Blessings. God is Good!

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    • Heather Mertens - 40YearWanderer says:

      Thank you. To God be the glory.

      This happens not just at election time but really constantly – especially on social media where people can say things with greater anonymity. Sadly.

      And there are no geographical boundaries to it, are there? Actually this type of attitude defies boundaries because it doesn’t care.

      Thanks for reading my site. I truly appreciate it.

      God bless you!!!!

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  5. lessonsbyheart says:

    I agree, Heather. If “they will know we are Christians by our love,” we’re in big trouble. It grieves me to find Christians bashing one another, being disrespectful to our leaders (whom I don’t necessarily agree with – but God said HE chose…eek!), and slamming unbelievers. May we choose words that build up and don’t tear down, words that give life and not death. My, we have so much transformation to undergo yet, eh?

    \o/

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    • Heather Mertens @ 40YearWanderer says:

      Oh Tami you are so right. We must work at living out Love to others in His name! Let us do it together! If you are on FB and you’d like to LIKE the Open Letter to Christians page we can share Him and His love to encourage all to speak in love. It breaks my heart.

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  6. Hi! I am Jeri... says:

    Love your blog name! There are so many reasons people see Christians as hypocrites and you listed just one of them. We are too quickly to judge, and too quick to speak hatefully. We have no easy task ahead of us, but one step at a time and we can get there. I long for the day when people can see us for being a true Christian of love, compassion and grace, and not, “Oh, there goes another Christian spouting off his mouth again!”

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  7. I Give God all the Glory says:

    Heather,

    We’re kindred hearts :) I wholeheartedly agree with you! I just love it when the body of Christ thinks in unison! On the ‘Sharing Your Thoughts’ section of my blog (where I invite readers to share their thoughts on Christian life) I wrote this,”Christian tip #1: Please be mindful of others, if you wouldn’t say it in front of God, you probably shouldn’t say it here.” Christians should examine Christ-like behavior and strive for it. Whether we like it or not the world is watching and we’re the only Christ some people will see. But are we an accurate representation? I’m actually elaborating on this subject in the Renewing & Reclaiming Your Life In Christ guide that I’m working on (no eta yet, Spirit-filled work-in-progress). So, yes, I’m passionate about how the body of Christ portrays itself, we’re His ambassadors after all.

    God bless you.

    Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  8. GraceandTruth says:

    Amen Heather. I believe we should be praying “first of all” for those in authority, rather than criticizing them – even if we don’t particularly like them or agree with them. We had a prime minister here in Australia whom I didn’t like and one day I had a conversation with someone about her, criticizing her and putting her down. I came away from that conversation absolutely convicted by the Holy Spirit that I should not be talking about those God has put in authority with disrespect and criticism, but rather with respect for their position of authority. He changed my heart through that situation. God bless

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    • Heather Mertens @ 40YearWanderer says:

      Oh dear heart! It is difficult isn’t it? I find the hardest thing to do is stick to voicing things as concerns here – Biblical! – which is needed badly as our country seems to be going down the tubes and not crossing the line to complaints. I pray for every leader. God allowed then in and maybe it’s a wake up call to pray!
      Thanks for sharing your heart here. That is exactly what is needed to change the discourse.
      <3

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