I originally wrote this in 2018, just before my 40th birthday. It was a therapeutic exercise. With Christmas around the corner, I figured now was a good time to share.
For most of my 39 years, I used denial to fight my faith. I tried to convince myself I was agnostic, even though this overwhelming pull toward faith tugged from the inside. Calling myself agnostic always felt wrong, and felt as though I was taking the easy route. Then one day, I accepted my faith, and kept it to myself. However, perhaps fortuitously, or by design, my 40 years of wandering are complete.
Today, perhaps more than ever, our country is in need of a Great Awakening. Evangelical Christians have waged war against humanity in our nation long enough.
Today, perhaps more than ever, our country is in need of a Great Awakening. Evangelical Christians have waged war against humanity in our nation long enough. More Americans turn away from the faith each year and a counter culture must emerge. The silent majority must rise and spread Christ’s message and defend the faith from wolves in sheep’s clothing. I can no longer keep my faith to myself.
There are Christians, churches, ministries, and Christian-based groups in our nation who embrace Christ’s message of love, kindness, and non-judgement, without hypocrisy. You, these groups, and I need to speak louder and more boldly. To remain silent is to be complicit.
We begin by getting our own house in order. We live in the way of Christ, fully. We do not just tolerate our fellow humans, but we love and embrace all. We reserve judgement for the One who can judge. We acknowledge our faults and that the sins of others are no greater than our own. We become loving examples of kindness for our families and teach true Christian values to our children – love, compassion, kindness, and generosity. Then we stand. Then we speak. Then we act.
We rise, so others can hear us, not only through our words, but also through our actions. We light the way for those who have turned away from the faith but long for a way back, for those who have never embraced the faith, but want to see belief in action, for those who are lost and unable to see. We stand on the hill.
We form ministries, churches, urge our congregations to reevaluate their treatment of their fellow humans, or encourage those doing Christ’s true work to spread it further and deeper through society. We tighten our laces, roll up our sleeves, and do Work. We spread our love, compassion, and generosity through our communities. In addition, we must turn away from what undermines the Work, and speak and act against those leading believers down the wrong path.
We return from being lost in doctrine, and we see the big picture and embrace Christ’s message. We give to the poor. We help those who may not be able to help themselves. We embrace community and national leaders who put their fellow humans before themselves. We reject wealth at the expense of the poor, and we rise above our station in life – not through fame, fortune, or accomplishment, but through Christ and our Work.
We must put love, compassion, and generosity toward our fellow humans in the center of our hearts, above political party or prejudice. We must be the change.
I can no longer keep my faith to myself. I can no longer be silent or complicit. I will stand on a hill so others will hear me through actions, in the hope of lighting my and other’s way. I will do the Work. I urge you to join me.