I saw this letter posted on Ian Ebright's FB wall. He is the lead writer at the Broken Telegraph in Seattle, WA. It is about a young couple who attend a Nazarene Church.
I was wondering if any of you might care to comment. Yeah, it's going to rip your heart out. Ouch! There is one 4 letter word, but I'm content to leave it in there because the context is appropriate and truth be told, many of us have used similar words and even stronger to express our outrage at injustice.
Let me give you some background. I'm 34, married, 2 kids. I'm a marriage and family therapist, my husband is a school psychologist. We own a home in rural PA. My degrees are from a Christian college and a seminary. We belong to a Nazarene church.
And we can't stand Christians.
In my work, I am the supervisor of an in-home family therapy program working with Medicaid clients. The darkest places, really, are where I work. Dogs drool on me, half-naked kids get my clothes dirty with their sticky hands, mothers smoke, and fathers are pretty much nonexistent. People are just trying to figure out how to make it through the day without social services coming and hauling their kids away.
They don't give a damn about the culture wars. They don't care if Mike and Bob get married. they just want to pay the rent. They want to put food on the table. They want to learn how to effectively manage their kids "so they don't end up like me."
I've been working with this population for 12 years. Ian, maybe I'm submursed in a culture of poverty and don't get the big picture, but where is the justice for these kids? Where is Christ in these dark places? Because I gotta tell you, I haven't seen any of my 600 Evangelical congregation knocking on doors sharing the love of Christ.
They are busy doing other things.