Hillsong writer Marty Sampson penned an open letter Monday expressing his appreciation for the “kindness” and “goodness” he’s received from Christians in the weeks after he announced his faith is on “incredibly shaky ground.”
In an Instagram post titled “Dear Christianity,” Sampson, who is known for writing and co-writing songs for Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Delirious and Young & Free, wrote: “My message to you is one of love. Love your enemies. Do good to those who persecute you. By this will all men know that you are my disciples, by the love you have for each other. No judgment. No condemnation. We are all humans, all cut from the same cloth.”
Sampson said even though Christians “don’t all agree on many different doctrines,” they can all “love,” adding: “Love covers a multitude of sins. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails.”
In the weeks after announcing he was struggling with his faith, Sampson said he’s been reminded of the “goodness” of Christians.
“The kindness that has been shown to me is overwhelming,” he continued. “I see it, I feel it, and I hear it. Regardless of how you see me, as an apostate or as a brother, I never wanted to make anyone doubt their own faith, nor convince them to take another path than the one they are on. We each have our story. We are all living together on this beautiful planet. When we leave it, our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will still be here. May we teach them, above all else, to love each other and to be kind to each other, as they figure this thing out called ‘life.’”
Sampson said he doesn’t “hold any ill will toward anyone” or harbor any “sadness, bitterness, or sorrow” in his heart.
“I am only me,” he wrote. “One person. Standing on the earth. I think, and I feel. I can choose my response, no matter what, any response is my choice. If I have one choice, of how to react to you Christianity, I choose this: to LOVE you. I love you Christians, no matter what. All of you. I forgive any of you that have hurt me. I am free. I am alive. I love you.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett