being a Christian gets a bad wrap sometimes. for a ton of reasons that the enemy loves to publicize and sensationalize. and because it is not the easy route in life. we are actually told this life will have persecution, will have struggles, with have pitfalls- yet we can have a peace and a calm in our hearts when we trust Him and His plans. a lot of times these things that give Christians a bad wrap have nothing to do with Jesus’ heart (actually, it never does. if we were able to show more of Jesus’ heart to others Christianity would be the new black), which is what we are after, but have everything to do with a perverse version of dogma that, again, the enemy exploits. and people follow. the enemy is pretty attractive, unfortunately.
i stumbled on the quote below, from rick warren, and i just had to share. and that’s all i want to say about all the recent events that have been in the news about people who want to mobilize “for God” … who might not have thought about the fact that we as a whole have screwed up God’s intention for our lives: love. compassion. sacrifice. community. we should be the MOST compassionate people, saved by the Blood- what amazing compassion and grace extended to us. mind blowing, actually. we should be extending it to others. whether you agree with them or not. this quote has spoken to my heart too about dear friends who have different world views than i do, and how to continue loving them well even if i don’t agree with them. that’s the key, guys. LOVE. growing in it, sharing it.
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle , you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.