A Christian’s Open Letter to Church: Don’t Give Me an Ultimatum

Dannika Nash, a college student and Christian, wrote a beautiful open letter to the church that you have to read, even if you’re an atheist. Here’s an excerpt:

I’m writing this because I’m worried about the safety of the Church. The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70% of 23-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. I’m going to offer a pretty candid answer, and it’s going to make some people upset, but I care about the Church too much to be quiet. We’re scared of change. We always have been. When scientists proposed that the Earth could be moving through space, church bishops condemned the teaching, citing Psalm 104:5 to say that God “set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.” But the scientific theory continued, and the Church still exists. I’m saying this: we cannot keep pitting the church against humanity, or progressmy generation, the generation that can smell bullshit, especially holy bullshit, from a mile away, will not stick around to see the church fight gay marriage against our better judgment. It’s my generation who is overwhelmingly supporting marriage equality, and Church, as a young person and as a theologian, it is not in your best interest to give them that ultimatum.

Marriage equality is arguably the main reason young people are leaving the church in droves. It’s so easy to see that love and equality should win out over bigotry and tradition. The church is being stubborn in accepting that… and I don’t mind one bit. Let them wait and waver and watch their young members leave the church for any place that is more compassionate.

(Thanks to Lauren for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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