I’m uncomfortable

Pastor Matthew Best
4 min readFeb 3, 2020

I’ve heard of people leaving their church in recent times because they are “uncomfortable.” I understand. I’m uncomfortable too.

I’m uncomfortable. Since following Jesus I’ve been very uncomfortable. I haven’t had a day in which I have been comfortable actually. And it’s getting worse. Every day I am more and more uncomfortable.

I’m uncomfortable with the level of homelessness we have in the wealthiest nation in history.

I’m uncomfortable with child hunger.

I’m uncomfortable with tearing families apart.

I’m uncomfortable with the mistrust that exists in our nation.

I’m uncomfortable with the brokenness that exists.

I’m uncomfortable with how our stewardship of God’s creation is.

I’m uncomfortable that we listen to the god of money to make decisions, and that our first concern is the economy and not the welfare of the population.

I’m uncomfortable that we have been in a near constant state of war for most of our nation’s history.

I’m uncomfortable we have adopted the belief that the ends justify the means.

I’m uncomfortable that the truth and seeking truth doesn’t seem to matter that much.

I’m uncomfortable that there is a large segment of society that sees no value in education.

I’m uncomfortable that people seek salvation and Messiah-like figures from the world of politics and have for most of human history.

I’m uncomfortable that we fully embrace scapegoating — that we are in fact addicted to it.

I’m uncomfortable that we think others need to repent, but that we are innocent and in no need of confession or repentance.

I’m uncomfortable that our vision is clouded so we can’t see the Image of God in others.

I’m uncomfortable that we reject and dehumanize the stranger, the foreigner, instead of doing what Jesus tells us to do — welcome the stranger.

I’m uncomfortable that we don’t practice health care, but rather only care about treating sickness because there is more money to be made that way.

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Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.