By Juan Reynoso –firstname.lastname@example.org
Open letter to all Christians.
The purpose of this letter it’s not to criticize, judge or expose any one, but to think and to reflect about our own stand on this issue of being a true Christian or just a religious person.
Today in our country there are many organizations that call themselves “Christians”: we have Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Mormon, and Independent. There are Churches of Christ, Churches of God, Episcopalians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Unitarians. There are Amish, Mennonites, and Quakers. There are Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and Spiritualists; that all claiming to be “Christian. Many people think that if we are religious, then we must be a “real Christian.” At the same time many feel a deep pain inside, a hollow, empty, unsatisfied craving for love. Many sense something is missing, because they are seeing hypocrisy in the churches and the confusion of contradictory doctrinal teaching, the Prosperity theology and the secular expression of Christianity. Today in America many Christians are confuse and throw their hands up in despair; they recognize there is a fundamental difference between just “being religious” and being a “real Christian”
I believe that God has placed in our hands a very precious gift, the gift of self-love. To love ourselves is not just a self-esteem boosting piece of advice. It is the prerequisite to truly loving others. The Golden Rule tells us to "love your neighbor as you love yourself", because we can only give that which we have; this is obvious because we cannot give something that we do not possess. To give love, you must first have love. To have love, love yourself. Only then will you be able to truly love others for the pure joy of loving them. Give the love you wish to experience to yourself and you will find all your relationships transforming in miraculous ways. Most of us spend our lives looking for love, peace and joy only to realize that, we have this treasure, this gift from God to show humanity that all this surpassing power is from God and not from us.