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Dear Hypocritical Christian,
This letter is to inform you that I am no longer subscribing to your negative influences on my life. Whatever you think, feel, or imagine about me is hereby null and void. From the furthest recesses of my mind to the cracks and crevices that are filled with lies, ridicule, and shame- you are banished. You will no longer look down your crooked nose at me and pretend to care while you sit there in lofty judgment. I do not accept your half baked notions about what you think is best for me, how I should live, or what I should do in my own life. You count my mistakes and bad choices by the dozen, all the while failing to acknowledge your own sin and your own shortcomings. You see fit to cast stones at me while your house is falling to ruin because you refuse to examine your own flaws. From henceforth, you will cease to have any bearing on my daily life.
Should you attempt to call me out and accuse me for some atrocious sin I've committed, be warned. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord. I will not waste my time confronting you because I don't have the need to do such a thing. I have enough problems in my own life without examining yours. Should you feel the need to apologize or express your grief that you've somehow hurt me, please refrain. I have already forgiven you and do not wish to discuss the matter further.
Should you choose to be my friend, love me for who I am in spite of my flaws, and correct me in love and gentleness, I will of course be obliged to accept your kind offer.
Otherwise, I have no need to continue battling or engaging with you any further. If you choose not to like me or love me, I have made my peace with this and have no ill-will toward you. You are free to like and love that whom you choose and it is not my place or business to have an opinion one way or the other. If you continue to judge or form opinions of me based on half truths or flat out lies, I grieve for you. I ache that you have not attained enough peace within yourself to refrain from lashing out and attacking others out of discontent within yourself. That is shameful and I will continue to pray for you.
Please know that I do not wish to judge you in the same way that you've judged me. I have no hard feelings and want only the best for you. I pray that your God does not punish you the way you've felt just in punishing me.
In closing, I would like to extend my hand in friendship, but only on the condition that you keep your feelings and opinions about me to yourself. Unless of course, you choose to express them in a way that is loving, uplifting, and biblical. Otherwise, I have no further need to converse with you and bid you a fond farewell.
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I think I need to read this each and every day as a reminder that THEY don't have permission to make a difference in my life.
Excellent job of showing the effect of others with logs in their eyes looking for other people's specks. Thank you for writing this.
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We used to call it the ole "Shooting each other in the back" game. And I don't think it'll ever go away; perhaps merely return under a different name. CONGRATS on your JEWEL!
Depicts painfully strong emotion. I was echoing a resounding, "Yes!" as I read. Your words mirrored the destress within my own soul. Does this show us to have wounds that are, as yet, unhealed?
Oooooh my. I think we all are sometimes. This is incredibly powerful and Biblical and thought-provoking. Great stuff, Sherry.