Dear Evangelicals,

I feel I need to get something off my chest. While I reject almost all religious dogma, I still understand, to a certain extent, why it exists. What I cannot comprehend however, is why it is not only gets taken to extremes, but in your case, why it is taken completely backwards.

It is not your fault per se. You’ve likely been indoctrinated since birth on the falsehoods currently associated with your lord and savior Jesus Christ. I am afraid to tell you that the man you have idolized your whole life is not who you think he is. If he were, you would not be so quick to worship the man currently occupying the White House as if he were Jesus’ reincarnation.

First thing is first. Jesus was not a white man. Take a deep breath and try to understand that the picture you have of your blue eyed, light brown-haired messiah is nothing more than a distorted representation created through centuries of western propaganda and projection.

Jesus Christ was Middle Eastern. He likely had dark brown skin, dark brown or black hair and dark eyes. Despite this evidence, you evangelicals reject this premise and insist on your own western projection of him. More often than not to protect your white supremacist views, whether consciously or subconsciously. If you believe yourself to be the master race, then your savior cannot be anything else but.

Jesus was also a Jew, not a Christian. Most of you have figured that out by now, but it is worth mentioning again. I understand that numerous anti-Semites that live among you may think Jews had Jesus killed, despite the fact Romans are the ones who pulled the Bronze Age trigger. Still even if you are right and Jews are to blame, Jesus supposedly died for us, so whoever killed him was simply fulfilling a prophecy. Being angry about it would seem absurd.

Jesus was a child refugee. Read the story of the “Flight into Egypt” in the Book of Mathew. His family fled to Egypt in fear of King Herod who was planning to “seek out the child to destroy him.” Why then are so many of you Evangelicals so determined to keep refugees out of the United States? So much so that you have been lining up at the southern border with rifles?

Jesus was a socialist. Of course, he was born long before the industrial age, but yes, he was no capitalist. Jesus says “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” – Matthew 6:24

In Luke 12:15, Jesus says, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Why is it then that most religious conservative Evangelicals constantly hammer home the idea that there is no justification for being poor if you work hard? It’s just used as an excuse to be greedy. It may surprise you then that Jesus was poor himself, but had people around him that provided for him. Not everyone is that fortunate.

Jesus was not homophobic, nor was he anti-abortion. Many people associate evangelicals like yourself with hating gays or gay rights and citing abortion as murder. If there are any issues that get you out to vote, it would be these two. And yet, Jesus himself had nothing to say about them.

Your messiah, the man you worship, never mentioned gays or abortion. Yet your fellow worshipers are turning the country upside down to deny Women and gay people their rights. If these issues are so damn important, why didn’t Jesus mention them?

How about the environment? Do you think Jesus would approve of a all the deregulation going on right now to pollute the planet and speed up Climate Change? Do you honestly believe Jesus would be okay with mankind destroying his father’s creation? The ten commandments say, “do not kill.” Does that not include mother nature?

You can tell I am angry, but I am just looking for a little consistency here. Jesus was a dark skinned, Jewish, socialist, child refugee from the Middle East. He did not hate gays or women who aborted fetuses. As far as I can tell he did not hate anyone, so why do you?

If the country is to move forward, it will require the same compassion for its fellow citizens that Jesus had for everyone. You are preventing that from happening because of a diluted view of the man you worship and the dangerous indoctrination from the church you serve.

Doesn’t it shame you to know that the rest of the United States is ready to welcome the rapture just so we can be rid of the lot of you? It seems like the only way to bring back peace and humanity to the country.

I was raised both Catholic and Jewish, and I more recently married a Muslim. I realized long before however that I am better off staying agnostic since I can see how dangerous absolute faith can be. It blinds you to all else happening around you. Feeling closer to God, can in fact take you further away from humanity. Remember that when voting this November.

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