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I wrote this up a week and a bit ago.

So as I'm flying off to beautiful Missouri, Groblek and Kosh are off for a fun day, and then tomorrow will be protesting at the church in Sacramento where the preacher said Orlando wasn't a tragedy.

While I'm looking forward to time with my mom. I wish I could go with them. I remember marching with Mom, for candidates, and against war. I've done the same in college and with Groblek. Not often, but from time to time. It's a part of being a citizen as much as voting and paying taxes for me.

This one cuts closer to my heart though. I am a Christian, and many of my friends are atheist, agnostic, or not practicing. When I talk about my faith I like to think that my friends see that and think huh Christians aren't so bad. People like this pastor are eating away at the beautiful message of love that is Christianity.

People like this man, and the Methodist governor who used Psalms to pray for our presidents death, and so many more who preach hatred and damnation, and seem to have missed Jesus condemnation of the Pharisees. These people are why I can't sing "They will know we are Christians by our Love" it's a lovely hymn, and I wish it were true, but just can't imagine that at this point anyone sees someone doing something particularly loving and thinks oh they must be Christians. I know I don't.

I know plenty of loving, kind, generous people who are Christians. I also know plenty of non-Christians who are loving, kind, and generous.

So, until Trump started publicizing just how quick to hate, I didn't particularly feel a need to take back my country. I'm more socialist than Bernie Sanders, and there have been plenty of things that angered me about my country (thus the protesting) but it's always been my country.

On the other hand we desperately need to take our church back!
I want to be clear. I am a big fan of freedom to believe and practice whatever faith or lack of faith you like. But that freedom ends just before it impinges on or threatens someone else's freedom.

So for those bigots and hypocrites using their pseudo Christianity only to express hate the answer is to be loud forceful and correct them publicly and repeatedly as often as possible with the highest religious authorities possible. This is going to be hard. People are much more likely to share read negative news. But if we want to have a faith worth keeping it is on us to do this work.

We can do this by protesting but we need to do more. It's time to add bishops and , for Methodists, UMW (for other faith groups UMW is United Methodist Women, and while you don't want to mess with the pastor it is infinitely worse to piss off the UMW I imagine your group has something similar you should contact them) leaders to our letter writing campaigns.

To make this easier I'm drafting a letter:

Beloved [person you're addressing],

I pray that I find you well full of blessings.

I'm writing to share my deep concern about our brother/sister in faith [name]. I have heard that they did/said [concerning item].

I'm having difficulty reconciling this with [tenant of faith that this contradicts likely options include: (my samples are Christian I'm not confident in my ability to provide samples for other faith groups)

-Jesus identification of the greatest commandments as Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind. And a second is like it You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mat 22:37-39

- Jesus exhortation to the crowd gathered to stone a woman who committed adultry "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7
- Paul's explanation that in Christ there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26-29
- The beatitudes Mat 5 1-12
- Jesus against murder Mat 5:21-23
- Jesus on judging others Mat 7:1-5
- Golden rule Mat 7:12
- The sheep and the goats what Jesus will judge us on Mat 25:31
- The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

Can you help me reconcile this? If you agree that these are difficult to reconcile can you please contact them?

I've contacted them, but suspect that they might listen more carefully to you.

It's important to me that we present a clear picture of Christianity that most fully represents Christ's teachings. I feel that [concerning item] misrepresented the faith.
[adjust as necessary to represent your situation]

If you would like to discuss this further you can reach me at [contact information]

Praying that this finds you well,
Blessings

[name/signature]

Let's start holding our leaders and spokespeople (self appointed and otherwise) accountable.
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