I need you to know that right now, you are hurting people. You may not think so. You may believe that what you are doing is biblically sound, that it is God's will, that you are right.
But the simple truth is that, right or wrong (which we won't get into right now), you are hurting people.
When you say, "God loves you, but you don't belong in God's church," you are hurting people.
When you say that you "hate the sin but love the sinner," you are hurting people.
When you choose the Bible verses that support your view while ignoring so many that condemn you, and without considering the command to first love, you are hurting people.
When you say that we should all just get along, you are hurting people.
When you ask that we choose unity over acceptance and justice, you are hurting people.
When you are silent, you are hurting people.
So church, please. Please. Please.
Choose to talk TO people instead of about them.
Choose to start healing the hurt.
*church is an institution, but the people of God are called to be the church. If you claim to be a follower of God, you are the church to whom I write.
**I myself have been silent for too long. I have hurt people I love very much with this silence, and I am sorry. I am working on finding my voice and when and where to use it. Please forgive me.