Love thy Neighbor
I am a Christian. I believe the Bible is the inerrant word of a Holy God. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins...and for your sins and the sins of everyone who has lived or will live. I also believe that Jesus called on us to show one another Christian love.
There are a lot of people out there who are preaching the word of God, and that's a great thing. But there's something missing. Many of these people who preach Christ's love are the same ones waving signs that say "God hates Fags" at schools where gay students attend. Some of these are the same people who will belittle or talk down to someone who doesn't believe the same way they do.
Many of us hold other people's culture or religious beliefs in contempt. When I see things like this I have to ask myself one question...
Are you people reading the same Bible I am?
The Jesus I read about ate with Lepers. . The God I know calls David, who committed murder, adultery and many other sins, a man after his own heart. He confronted the Woman at the well, but he didn't condemn her or ridicule her, he simply told her the truth
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The truth is, there is no room in God's kingdom for this kind of prejuidice and hatred. The truth is that none of us have the right to condemn anyone else because all sin is equal in God's eyes. If you've lied, you committed a sin as egregious in God's eyes as murder. Sin has equal consequences, and salvation offers equal redemption.
Before you utter something disparaging about someone else, remember that God is about bringing people closer to him. Too often the way we present the message drives people further away from Him.
But the tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil, it is full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we the Lord and Father; and therewith curse we men, who are made after the likeness of God:
out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
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Jesus, the only man who never sinned, did not scorn those who chose not to follow him. He told them candidly what they could expect if they chose another path, but he never belittled them, or made them feel inferior. I think there's a great lesson in that. We are called to love one another. Love does not beget the kind of arrogance or ignorance that I've discussed above.Genuine Christ-like love should create a desire within us to reach out to people where they are, not where we think they should be. As long as we refuse to accept people where they are, we will continue to drive people away from the Faith because they will be discouraged by the fact that we do not live what we purport to believe. This world does not need our hypocrisy. This world needs the love of Christ, and if we are not mirroring that love in our actions, then we are getting in the way.
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