Dear Representative Ryan,
How dare you call yourself a Christian. I was raised a Christian, and was a devout Christian until a few years ago when people like you made me look at the Church in a different way.
The Christianity I knew, the Jesus I knew, taught aide for the sick. The Jesus I grew up with preached compassion for the poor. He fed the masses, freed the suppressed, and believed in being the voice of justice for those who couldn’t speak for themselves.
I was taught of a Christianity that invited everyone to the table. Of a faith that believed the ultimate demonstration of love is the giving of oneself for another. That if my neighbor is cold, I invite him in, and if she has nowhere to sleep with her unborn child, you give her a bed.
You, and those who believe as you do, have perverted Christianity. You have hi-jacked a religion and used it to manipulate a constituency.
You are in no form, a Christian. Using megaphone buzz themes like pro-life, religious freedom, and homosexual marriage, does not make you a follower of Christ. You have admitted to a belief that we are in a fight for “individualism versus collectivism.”
And that, Mr. Paul, is not the Jesus I grew up with.