(As a disclaimer… I usually do NOT like talking about these things out in the open because I don’t like arguments, but it has been on my heart constantly and I cannot shake it. I realize that not everyone will agree with me, and I’m okay with that. This is just my heart.)
A lot has been going on in the United States lately… and I am, yet again, saddened by all that I saw on Facebook the past few days… on “both sides.”
The Christian response never surprises me, but always saddens me.
In short, I feel that this Rick Warren quote sums it up:
I have found that so many Christians confuse loving someone with supporting someone’s beliefs or decisions and compromising their own convictions. The two are not the same!
I have many friends on Facebook that have made their profile picture the ever popular red background with an equal sign. And I can say that despite the fact that one person’s “quote” set me off (about people who don’t believe in gay marriage being homophobes), I am proud that I have so many friends that believe differently than I do! I am proud that God has blessed me with many friends to love and share Him with.
I don’t believe that “gay marriage” is necessarily “Biblical,” BUT, I love my friends the same. Period. I don’t feel that pushing my beliefs on them will change their beliefs. I just love. I also can’t assume that everyone will feel the way that I do. We were all made with minds to make our own decisions about things. Even fellow Christ-followers think differently about things than I do, and that’s okay! I believe that the most important thing is knowing Him and making Him known! And those who don’t know Christ don’t have His Spirit inside of them, so they wouldn’t have a reason to think about the BIBLE in their decision making.
Have you read the gospels? Have you read about the people that Jesus hung out with?? Every. Day. I find that the more that I read about Jesus and how He lived life, the more my eyes are opened to what He has called us (as Christians) to do. Jesus was not the clean cut, republican, white American that He’s portrayed to be by many. He was a RADICAL. He loved people that no one else did. He spent time truly loving His creation. He loved the poor, the orphans, the widows, the drunkards, the prostitutes, the tax collectors. I understand that morals are part of living a life for Christ, but HE is the one that changes people’s hearts. We aren’t able to do that. And I have found that the more that we push our “beliefs” on people, the more likely they are to push our beliefs away.
We are ALL imperfect, and the moment that we think we are better than someone else, we are horribly mistaken. My sin of worry, my sin of anger, my sin of idolizing, my sin of jealousy… they are all equal to other people’s sins. Sin is sin. Period.
Again, God calls us to love. Love. LOVE. Love. Period.
(And I’m not saying that it’s bad to tell people what you believe… I’m just saying to LOVE and to know that other people will believe differently then you!).
God made us all different. He is a creative God. And I’m thankful for that.
Trust HIM to make the changes that He wants to make… including the hearts of His people and in the hearts of His creation. He is powerful. He is sovereign. He is just. He is LOVE. He is in control.