A Call for Fairness in Judging Christians

An appeal from a pastor

Brian Tubbs

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Photo by John Price on Unsplash

Here on Medium, there are a lot of people who hate Christians and anything that Christians have anything to do with.

There are others who may not quite be in the “hate” category but they could be described as angry, resentful, or cynical with respect to Christians.

Allow me please a few moments of your time to offer this…

If you have been intentionally hated, exploited, abused, traumatized, maligned, mistreated, or otherwise hurt by someone who claims (or who claimed) to be a Christian…

Then, for what it’s worth (and it may not be worth much)…

On behalf of the Christian community with which I identify…

I am sorry.

I wish all those who claim to follow Jesus acted more like Jesus. And I have said so publicly…

I will continue to say so, even as I acknowledge that I myself am far from perfect. I have my own struggles and shortcomings.

Despite those shortcomings, I will do what I can — with whatever platform God gives me — to continue to encourage my fellow Christians to dedicate themselves to the task of healing wounds and comforting those who have been hurt by those who sadly and shamefully claimed the Name of Jesus while causing that hurt.

I do think it’s important to put forward one crucial distinction here and that’s this…

There is a difference between being intentionally hurt (or hurt due to gross negligence) versus someone having their feelings hurt or being upset because they are presented with a belief, practice, decision, or conviction they disagree with.

The very nature of religion involves the affirmation of certain beliefs and practices as being good and others as being not good.

That’s okay.

Please don’t be surprised if you encounter a religious person or faith community with beliefs…

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