A Letter From a Backsliding, Prodigal Heretic, To My Christian Friends Still on the Inside

I don’t often reblog. But today John wrote exactly what has been in my heart and on my mind and happening in my life and I just had to share it with you.

john pavlovitz

hand-writing1To My Dear Christian Friends on the Inside,

I know that you love me.

I know that because you love me you’re worried about me right now.

I know that you feel that I’ve been led astray down the rebellious path of the prodigal, that I’ve somehow been deceived into darkness and you are gravely concerned for the eternal destination of my soul.

I know you believe that I am currently quite lost and you’re praying tirelessly for me to find my way back before it’s too late.

I know this because when I believed what you believe, I feared the same things about people like me.

I remember looking at those who stand where I now stand and feeling what I believed was a holy compassion for them. I remember well, wanting with great urgency to save them from the destruction they were choosing.

I realize now how arrogant it was for me to assume that…

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