An Open Letter to the Church

I'm leaving you, church. I'm done with you. I can't take it anymore. And in case you're wondering, it's not me; it's you. I'm leaving you, church, and this is an open letter as to why. I'm tired of not being listened to. I think what I think and say matters. I should be listened to. What I have to say is important, and it's not just me that thinks that; others believe what I have to say is important also. But you aren't listening to me. It sometimes appears as if you have no interest in what I have to say. You've almost convinced me that what I say does not matter. But it does, you won't act like it's so, so I'm leaving.

I'm leaving you, church.

I'm tired of the way you are living. I've done my best to live as righteously and obediently as possible, and I desperately want you to do the same. But you keep failing miserably. In fact, church, it seems you often look to do the very opposite of what you should. I encourage, cajole, and demand you go one way, and you go in the opposite direction. I don't know what to do anymore. It would be one thing if you were trying to live righteously, but simply falling short. But some of you are just hypocrites, and I can't take it anymore. I should not be around people with such deplorable values and lifestyles.

I'm leaving you, church.

I'm tired of not being loved. You don't love me. You should. You sometimes say you do. But if you do—and I don't think you do—you have a terrible way of showing it. You're supposed to love me. You're supposed to adore me. I'm your future. I'm your answered prayer. But you're obviously only interested in yourself, in what you can get out of me instead of vice versa.

Because of your behavior, you've hurt me. Because of your selfishness, your lies, and your emotional abuse, I have felt pain time and time again. I've tried to tell you how your abuse affects me, but I guess you didn't want to hear it. I'm tired of hurting. I'm tired of the pain. I'm tired of being abused over and over again. I shouldn't have to endure this, not after all I've been through in my time on earth.

So I'm leaving you, church. Goodbye, forever...

— Jesus

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If anyone could ever write an open letter like this to the church, it would be our Lord. Aren't you glad he's never done so and never will? "If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself" (2 Tim. 2:13).

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