In recent days, many have questioned whether homosexuals have the right to love. Those against the arguement have used the bible to substantiate their assertion. Those FOR the issue have used the same text perhaps referring to a different scripture for purposes of justifing the counter belief. Essentially, yin and yang…positive and negative can be substantiated using the same book. So now what?
Conflicts have raged throughout the ages. Christians have always exacted means and methods of ‘blighting’ out offenses defined by man’s interpretations of the word. The Christian Crusades is a remarkable example of extreme measures taken to convert non-believers. More recently a rash of violations against children by those chosen to don the robes of clerics, have caused skeptism among those already seemingly eager to discredit the teachings and fundamental beliefs.
Has the concensus of societal “group think” turned against the Christian community in light of its historical mishandling of the authority wielded against those that were unlike themselves? If the answer is yes, it is very likely that the definitive TRUTH has become diluted…according to those waging silent protest against religiosity.
Bryan Litfin, a theology professor at Moody Bible Institute in Illinois, says Christians should be able to publicly say that God designed sex to take place within a marriage between a man and a woman.
“That isn’t so outrageous,” Litfin says. “Nobody is expressing hate toward homosexuals by saying that. Since when is disagreement the same as hate?”
Is there such a thing as fighting lovingly? Whether Christians or non-believers, what constitutes “hate” or “throwing shade”? Can one have a genuine opinion without it being perceived as malice or negative?
Invariably the word is not intended to justify the perversion of man….on either side. God requires that we love one another. God requires that we find our spiritual path through helping, understanding, teaching, learning…being open to all of GOD’s creation.
There can be no wrong in all that God creates. There is however, the very real awareness that unseen forces can and will mislead anyone who allows that spirit to take hold of their sensibility. At the end of the day, we are all sinners. None of us are any better than the other. We all need to be diligent in how we treat each other. Just because someone views the world differently, does not warrant mistreatment of that individual. Do we believe that somehow that mistreatment will convert them to seeing things from the perspective of the “antagonizer”?
Think & pray (to whomever it is that is above your being) before you speak.
Expect people to treat you the way that you demand to be treated. Love others the way that you want to be loved. Hold your tongue when there is nothing nice or necessary to add.
Try to see both sides of the issue before making any type of determination. The latter requires objectivity & an open heart. It is perfectly acceptable to hold to ones’ convictions, the issue becomes whether its fair to ‘force feed’ them onto others without being invited to share said perspectus.
Is it possible to war lovingly?