It’s never easy for me to see vociferous protests fueled by anger. Oh they get the media’s attention alright, but is it always the best way? If I want people to accept me as a non traditionalist, should I picket in front of their churches with signs that condemn them for their views and stir up chaos for the media to set their circus up on their front lawns?
Would it be appropriate or diplomatic to insist they agree with my views and stop having their own views? Why do we protest? What message are we really trying to get across?
People often reject the notion of a one world government and a one world religion and even worse a one world religious government. It seems to me if we follow that philosophy we will be headed in that direction.
Are we just rebuilding another tower of Babel that is destined to fall apart and divide us further?
Why such a push to make everyone the same? I would think Christians would be against any idea that would lead us to a one world power.
Stop the presses!
Dear Christians, what in the world are we doing?
Why are we working so hard to create this nation into one massive Christian Republican nation where everyone believes the same things? Isn’t this what the ‘anti-christ’ does? I thought mixing religion with politics was a bad idea that led to destruction. Isn’t this what our founding fathers fled from to begin with?
Can’t we express our beliefs without bullying others to join us or be persecuted and condemned by our own words? Should we really be holding rallies condemning people for not eating chicken sandwiches? Do we really think we’re better than everyone else if we do?
“Look at us supporting the chicken sandwich company. God would be so proud of us.”
Have we gotten so sidetracked with supporting religious institutions that we now move onto business institutions as if they’re some idol that earns us brownie points with God?
He doesn’t care where you eat and he most certainly doesn’t care if we eat beef or poultry. He doesn’t care about the IRS or your fancy 501c3 with tapestries adorning the windows and sparkly chandeliers in the foyer.
He wants to know if we love one another and if we love our enemies.
Are we looking out for the interests of others?
There’s gotta be a more mature way of expressing our beliefs without condemning everyone else’s.
I used to condemn the buildings and what they stand for, but after taking some time to step back and think about the benefits a building can offer the people I had to approach it differently. It didn’t mean I had to agree with how some people run their organizations. It just means I can have a different perspective on it. They have the freedom to have a building and I have the freedom to not belong to one. I respect their freedom so I can also have my freedom. Buildings are good in the winter when it’s cold and can be good in the summer when the weather is too hot. Now, can we take this free perspective into the world today?
- Can a religious group have the freedom to believe a traditional family is good?
- Can another group have the same freedom to believe any type of family is good?
- Is it possible to be supportive of both without condemning each other?
I think we can.
I am a traditional family. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and we have four children that are all ours. His sperm and my egg for each child. We have no step-children, no adopted children, and the grandparents aren’t raising the kids, we are. This doesn’t mean I am against other types of families. I am a step-daughter and a half-sister. My husband is a step-son and has a cousin who is adopted. We have relatives who are raising their grandchildren and relatives who are divorced single parents. We are still one family. So while my family unit appears to be traditional on the surface, deep down we are diverse and we still love each other.
The bible is full of examples of non-traditional families. Moses was adopted by a pagan mother, Jesus had a step-dad and half-siblings. Ruth was taken in by her mother-in-law. Esther was orphaned and raised by her cousin and Abraham had two sons from different women. Even Adam and Eve had dysfunction in their family, Cain killed his own brother. None of these examples are a perfect picture of Adam and Eve, but God still loves them and had purpose for them. He gave promises to both of Abraham’s sons. He allowed Pharaoh’s daughter to raise Moses. He had purpose for Ruth to meet Boaz. God used Esther through her forced marriage to the king to save an entire race of people. And even though Adam and Eve’s family fell apart, we’re all still here.
The argument is the fall of man. “In the beginning it was not so” Are Christians trying to re-create the perfect traditional family to bring forth a perfect people? Wait a second, if we could do that with just preaching and forcing laws into this land then why did Jesus die?
Christ is who brought perfection back to the world. He did so in spite of our imperfection and his perfection remains with us no matter how diverse we are.
Some think if we can get everyone on earth to accept Christ as their savior that he will come back and finally get them the heck out of this ol’ world.
- Did they forget Jesus already is here within us?
- Did they miss it when he said we are the Temple?
- Have they not heard him say, “the Kingdom is within you”?
- Is it a far off memory that the meek inherit the earth?
Other than all this wonderful reality of His Kingdom here on earth, why would they want to insist on their own way in religion and politics?
1 Corinthians 13:5 ”Love does not insist on it’s own way”
Does God really give commands on which political party to join? Are Republicans more in favor with God than Democrats? Are we really this petty?
Forcing people to be a traditional family is a law that doesn’t work. If you happen to be a traditional family, then great! But you can’t force people to be Adam and Eve. God never commands us to live up to that initial creation. Adam and Eve couldn’t even keep their ‘traditional family’ together as it is.
Keep your traditional views for your family and live peaceably with all men. I am thankful my marriage and family has lasted as long as it has, but it wasn’t without dysfunction. We live in a world where laws don’t preserve us in some perfected state. We live in a world where grace abounds. Attempting to force everyone to be traditional is motivated by failure to begin with. In Christ we live by faith that his grace covers every faulty frame. It’s pointless to try and make everyone be the frame of Adam and Eve. God knew we couldn’t do it, so Jesus came to mend us as we are. Trying to fit ourselves to a law doesn’t make us more mended. We already are mended.
Giving people the freedom to live the best they can means not forcing them to live by what you think is the best for them. Follow Christ as you believe he would have you to and let Him guide them the way they believe he would have them to.
Do we lack faith in him to be able to do so?
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