Gun Control. Republicans and Democrats. Conservative versus Liberals. All are topics that people are told not to talk about. To not engage.
Why? Because it causes arguments. It divides.
Yet we still jump straight into an argument because our opinions are almighty and are not flawed.
You probably recoiled and thought “That’s not true” about my last statement. Of course, our opinions are flawed! We are intelligent but not omniscient. So then why do we fight and argue as if our opinion is one hundred percent truth?
God’s children are always going to be on both sides of a debate. He made us so that we can comprehend others’ feelings. Yet then why do we refuse to use that ability? Why do we pronounce His name if we cannot unify together for Him? Why would someone want to come to Him if all they can see is quarrels within us?
This isn’t a debate of politics, or gay culture, or guns. This isn’t a debate in the first place. This is about leading others to Him! The reason these arguments rage is that we refuse to see through the looking glass to see where the other person is coming from. The reason someone would be gay is because they have not had a good experience with the Lord! And with quarrels within ourselves, why would they?
I’m not saying that you can’t have an opinion on a topic and debate it. I’m saying that the way to bring someone to God is to respect their opinion and be willing to listen to why they believe it.
Stay strong in your faith but be willing to reach out to them and bring them to the Lord. The difference between a debate and an argument is respect. Respect for the other person, respect for their view, and respect that there is a reason for their opinion.
So accept them! Just because they have a different opinion, that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love them! He wants everyone to know Him and they most likely have never been to church! And if you refuse to know someone because they have a different opinion on a hot topic, then tell me, where else can they come to know the Lord but through you?
“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.” (1 Corinthians 15:13) – If we do not reach to those who have been untouched then what was it all for?
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Good post Bryce!
There seems to be less & less respect shown, by everyone, to everyone in today’s society.