Dear Andrew-

Thank you so much for being a faithful reader here at the blog. I really appreciate that you take the time to read and respond to my articles, and I hope you’ll continue to hang around in the future.

As you have noticed, I am now approving comments before they are posted. Just wanted to let you know that, while I appreciate your faithfulness, I will not be approving any more comments, including yours, which are disrespectful or insulting. Since you’ve been here for a while, I’m sure it has not escaped your attention that I have allowed and responded to comments in which people have respectfully disagreed with, and even critiqued, things I have written.

I don’t have any problem with people disagreeing with me and desiring to have a polite conversation about it. Should you ever find yourself in that demeanor and frame of mind, I would be glad to chat. However, your current technique seems to be one of being as inflammatory as possible in hopes of drawing me into an emotionally charged argument. Sorry, but I’m not going there.

Why have I allowed your comments up until now? Because you kept coming back And every time you come back, my kind and gracious Savior, who chooses to love you despite your hatred for Him, shows Himself to you a little bit more through what you read. Every time, He gives you another chance to turn away from your anger, hurt, and disbelief, and to trust Him. And you can trust Him, Andrew. Because He is trustworthy. He proved it by giving His life for you.

I’m not going to argue with you because I can’t argue you into giving your life to Christ. This isn’t about me changing your mind. It’s about the Holy Spirit changing your heart. And, if you’ll take a step back and look at things, maybe you’ll see, like I do, that He’s already at work on you. How?

Have you ever wondered why you keep coming back here? This is a blog written by a Christian for Christians, particularly, Christian women. Why would a male who’s a staunch atheist have any interest in that? The gist of your comments is that you hate God, hate the Bible, hate Christians, and especially hate me, yet you read and comment on everything that I post. Clearly, you’re not going to change my mind, I’m not trying to change your mind, and I’m not giving you what you want by arguing with you. Yet, you keep coming back. Why do you suppose that is?

Andrew, I love you the same way Jesus does. And furthermore, I like you. You’re feisty and passionate, two things I admire in people. I addressed this open letter to you as a “friend,” and I meant that. But, as your friend, I need to tell you something:

You can hate Jesus all you want to, but that doesn’t make Him wrong.

On the day you die, you will stand in front of Him and give an account of your life, and at that point, none of your opinions or arguments will matter. All that will matter was that, in life, you realized you had offended a holy God with your sin, and humbled yourself and asked Him to forgive you, trusting in Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection to pay the penalty for your sin. That’s all that will matter.

I really hope you’ll come to that point in your life. I’ve been praying for you, my Sunday School class has been praying for you, and I would ask every Christian reading this to pray for you also. If you do get to that point and need some help or have some questions, well, you know where to find me.

Michelle

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