We get letters like this all the time. We also get shorter similar comments on the Facebook page every day. We thought we'd share them with you. It's the reason we come to work every day. Thanks so much for being a part of our community. We couldn't do it without you. Before we started this page, we felt the same way you did: Alone.
"Thank you, God, that I am not alone. A person in my life tells me I can't be Christian unless I believe the Christian Right, and I don't. I knew that person was wrong, and I love them. I am just so thankful to know I don't have to carry a torch of hate in my heart to be saved. I don't have to hate anyone to talk and walk with my Lord. I don't have to condemn others to be forgiven. The tenants of that teaching are not the teachings of my Christ! I will not fear the messages of hate because my God is with me. God has answered a prayer and lifted a burden from my heart. Thanks be to Jesus and glory to God. Finding this site gave me reason to rejoice."
October 17th, 2011
Here's another one:
"Re: Your Facebook and Website
Where have you been all of my life? I read your website here for the first time and this is how I have felt all of my adult life. We on the left need to start speaking out about the incorrect version of what it means to be a Christian. So many people think it is the cheap, quick, selfish way of becoming "born again." They are told it saves their souls and perhaps a baptism of sorts is a requirement (not convinced of this). The deeds and actions they lead and the statements they make are far from Christ like. I of course fail to be completely Christ like as well however. We as a nation have forgotten about social justice and the common good of man kind. In fact I believe our nation is about as far from a "state of grace" as it can be because of it.
I think we as the Christian Left are asking people to do what is difficult (help the poor, turn the other cheek, love your enemy, give up material excesses, forgive, be humble, etc.), and the Christian Right is asking people to do what is simple: get dipped in water and you’re good to go. That’s why our road is much more difficult and will never be as popular. However, we still need to reveal the real truth of Christ and his teachings."
January 4th, 2011
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