At what point in the Bible did Christ call us to loathe our neighbor? Or to hop on a soap box and look down our noses at anyone who has different sins than our own? We are none of us perfect. My heart is just as full of sin as the next gal.
I find it appalling that any Christian can claim to love the Lord and live a Godly life, and turn around and strike down people left and right. We are not supposed to sit in judgement. We are supposed to show the love of Christ.
I have a dear sweet friend who is gay. Over the past ten years, he has rejoiced in my successes, supported me through multiple moves, and sent me little pick-me-up notes via Facebook. I adore him. I am not gay. We have completely different lifestyles. He loves yellow and I love purple. He is a democrat and I am not. Am I to completely shun him? Am I showing him the love of our savior by jumping on the Christian hate-wagon? Absolutely not. I love him as a dear friend and rejoice in his happiness. I pray that he sees Christ in me.
There is nothing that is more anti-Christian than hate and judgment. In Luke 7, Jesus was eating a meal with the Pharisees when a notorious prostitute came in and wept and anointed his feet. The other diners were shocked that he didn't shoo her away. He said, in verse 47, "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” He didn't stand up and call out her sins in front of everyone. He loved her and forgave her.
As I see it, I am not Christ. Far from it. I have zero right to judge anyone. I can only forgive things that have happened directly to me. My job is to show Christ in my life. My job is to love others, try to live in a way that reflects the love of Christ, and help others when I can. For me, it's not hard to love strangers. I have a huge heart and I am a natural nurturer. I just don't see how Christianity is furthered by narrow-minded hatefulness. I have convictions and beliefs. If someone asks me what they are, I am happy to be open and honest about it. But I will not strike down the lives and decisions of others. Who am I to sit in judgment? I just don't see the connection.
I will say that I am extremely grateful for parents who taught me to love. And who gave me the ability to be open-minded and a Christian.
*Note: This post comes after the whole Duck Dynasty wahoo that is all over the news. I don't have any problem with someone saying "this is what I believe." I don't think it helps anyone's view of Christianity to be crass and explicit, or for the thousands of people who are jumping to his defense to be so filled with hate. I have very conservative views of politics and life, but they are just my views. I do not have a direct line to God and I will not speak for Him. I will live a life that I pray will be pleasing to Him and hope that my life may shine a light on the lives of others that they might want to know a loving God.*
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