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MATTHEW WEST-A CHRISTMAS TO BELIEVE IN
"Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them 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.”
I'm all about conviction. God's Word is my foundation & I won't let culture compromise that.
However, through all this, I've been reminded that I can do a better job loving others - regardless of where their belief system is.
With that said, we do need to make sure that we're not changing God's Word because it makes us (or the people around us) uncomfortable. Sin always makes truth feel uncomfortable. The purpose of God's word is to change us. Before we make everything about love & tolerance, we should read through the first 3 chapters of Revelation. Jesus specifically calls out some immorality and flawed theology in the seven churches. He specifically says it is wrong that "we tolerate sexual immorality in the church" and he expresses anger over it.
Bottom line, we need to stand on God's Word as our moral foundation. We also need to love those who have not yet agreed to follow God's Word. I can't control the people around me, but I can love them. (Just remember, tolerance is not love.)
I'm choosing to do a better job sharing truth in a loving way. I really do care about the people in my life, even when we don't see eye to eye.