I’m kind of hoping it’s because of my age, the way that I see things now, the constant reversal of values that seems to be taking place with just about everything that I encounter. I’m not overly surprised to see, what I see, externally of the Church, but the totality of it can definitely become depressing.
I understand that there are Christian perspectives and values that differ from mine and I understand that there are non-Christian perspectives that differ from mine. I also understand as a Christian that none of us are perfect, myself included. And I understand that my ability to thoroughly comprehend all of the different perspectives and issues that are out there, be it about abortion, political preferences or cultural injustices, to name but a few problematic areas, are limited by my personal exposure, involvement and familiarity with unbiased facts about a number of these issues.
Nothing is simplistic, there are always two sides to every issue being discussed and based on our world view, the conclusions that each of us arrives at, are going to differ.
The list of the things that I see that continue to be wrong, from the perspective or understanding that I hold, outside of the Church, seems to be growing until I’m almost to the point of not wanting to watch the News on TV anymore. I am so tired watching deliberate spin, regardless of the liberal or conservative source.
I find it ironic that we, as a society, came to the conclusion that it was unfair and unjust to ridicule, demean or mistreat those who held a minority perspective and we took steps by enabling laws to protect the rights of all, including those minorities. And now, as our cultural and social values appear to be changing, those minorities that were given the right to express and have the same rights as everyone else, and who are now increasingly becoming an accepted social perspective, are themselves now demanding that their rights to express their beliefs be honored within our society, while at the same time, the rights of those who are increasingly becoming a diminishing social perspective, be silenced. And yes, I am specifically talking about some within the LGBTQ Community.
I wonder what would happen if “Straight Pride Parades” where held once a year. Obviously that would be foolish but it does make one wonder.
I believe that God would have us treat all of our neighbors with what I call common respect and dignity, even if they choose not to reciprocate. And no, that’s not always easy. But that is what He asks us to do. None of us are without sin, we should all be mindful of that in our dealings with others, even those with whom we disagree with. If God in His mercy and wisdom chose to show us His love while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), it would behoove us to do likewise.
I also believe that, for me, God’s determination of what is “acceptable” and “not acceptable” or “right or wrong” in His eyes, takes precedence over what the society that I live in decides is “right or wrong”. And my perspective is reasoned or based upon the Christian World View that I subscribe to, which I believe, correlates with what the Holy Scriptures say. If you don’t accept my reasoning, I can understand that, but your non-acceptance isn’t going to chance my acceptance of His guidance to me. We can agree to disagree.
Isaiah 5:20 NIV
“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.”
2 Timothy 2:22-26 NIV
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!