Dear Christian Neighbor,
I wanted to write this letter for a long time, but I wasn’t sure talking to you would do any good.
My Own Journey
Like you, I’m on my own journey.
I’ve been very frustrated because it feels like you don’t even listen to me. Do you really care what I think? I know there has to be more to life, but everywhere I turn, I face another roadblock. I’m struggling at work. The bills keep piling up. My kids are hanging with the wrong crowd, and my mom just got diagnosed with cancer. I really just want to find peace.
I’m looking for genuine love and acceptance, not spiritual answers.
You talk about truth and scripture in such a way that seems like you’re shoving your opinion down my throat. I often feel judged by you because I don’t understand your thinking. Could I ever measure up to your standard? And is your standard one I want to live up to? You have a different perspective that sounds so foreign.
You seem more concerned for your rights than what is right.
When I’m around you, would I feel valued?
Angry All The Time
To be honest, your religion seems to make you angry all the time. It’s a real downer when you point out everything you find to be wrong in this world. You seem so against everything, it’s hard to believe you could really have my best interest in mind. Your complaints don’t exactly inspire me to become a Christian like you.
Before you talk to me about my spiritual needs, I want to know you respect me, that you care for me.
Life is tough. Many times, I feel empty and lonely. I’ve been put down and excluded.
Stand By Me
When I’m struggling, and you say, “Jesus is the answer,” your simple statements ring hollow. I don’t want to be around people who are always judging me or trying to set me straight. What I really want to know is if you care about me as a human.
I need real friends; friends who stand by me when I’m alone, afraid, or hurt.
If you want to influence me, just be my friend.
We want to be good neighbors. It’s the Jesus thing to do. What recent impressions are Christians making on our neighbors? What are your thoughts? Please be a good neighbor and leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
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