An Invitation

A letter particularly to church leaders:

I’ve been where you are! I feel the struggle. It’s real, it’s difficult, and it’s a burden that most lay people will never truly understand. Eventually you’ll learn more about me, and you may even tune me out when that happens. That’s okay. I anticipate that. I also expect the onslaught of backlash I’ll receive when people hear everything I have to say. I have peace with that too because I know I’m following my conscience by siding with my heretical voice.

Before all of that takes place, I want you to know that I love you. I know that you didn’t sign up for this gig expecting to become a celebrity pastor – even though it’s possible you have. I know you didn’t sign up for the overwhelming salary [as if, right?]. If you’re a missionary, I know you didn’t sign up because you thought it would be stellar to live in a grass hut using a rock as your pillow at night. You’re doing it because you have, at some point, had a deep conviction to share Love with others.

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That’s why I’ve started this website. I’ve had a growing desire to show people – including you – a Love that perhaps they’ve never encountered. Not because they didn’t know it was real, but maybe they’ve never looked at it from the perspective I’m going to present; another facet, if you will. It’s always been there, but I think our senses have just been clouded by the mainstream perception of who Love is.

So as we delve into these topics, I can’t promise you’ll like or possibly ever agree with me, but I’m asking you to just consider the idea of an open mind. Come with a teachable mindset, and let’s see if perhaps there could be another facet to this Love Gem that isn’t being talked about much. As I began to see this facet for the first time, I had to intentionally unclench my fists, remove the barrier of known “truths” and bite my tongue. I’m so glad that I did! This Love has taken me on a ride that I can’t even begin to describe. I know there will be more that I learn along the way, and I’m sure there will be times that I again have to unclench my fists. I know now that it will be worth it.

If you’re willing to take this journey, I’d like to ask that you’ll consider reading the first few posts without responding. Even if you find yourself in complete agreement, soaking it up and receiving it while reminding yourself to lay down your arms is going to be key. It’s so easy to immediately go to the automatic defenses of your mind and lay out your strategic reply – possibly without even having to think about it. I’m going to ask you not to do that. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll begin to see The Church through this glistening feature of Love, and let it shape you. This is for you – this heretical voice is extending an invitation.

I’m opening this website up for dialogue for anyone. Please be advised that I fully anticipate atheists, agnostics, denominationals, non-denoms, multiethnic, LGBTQ, straight, and international participation. Cyber bullying absolutely will not be tolerated.

David Dietz

Author: David Dietz

Born and raised up into leadership in the American Church, David is unlearning Christianity and instead advocates for the full acceptance of others. "To love someone is to allow that person to be fully themselves without interference or expectations of change--to accept them exactly as they are. Loving someone isn't just 'accepting' who they are, however; it's giving them freedom to be a wholly distinct individual. When you love someone so deeply that you relinquish any control or ownership you *think* you have over them, you are showing that person love untainted."

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