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GREAT I AM BY PHILLIPS CRAIG DEAN
I'm typing this not even knowing if I am going to hit "save" so that you'll read this. It's kinda touchy, and I like my job.
You may have heard that Dan Cathy, president of Chick Fil A (please PLEASE expand to Las Vegas!!) has been taking heat for his stance on gay marriage. (Here's the transcript.)
Why does it seem like 90% of the time an "outspoken Christian" is in the news, it's for something deemed "unpopular," or "out of touch" or racist/homophobic/etc.?
The easy answer...the low hanging fruit...is to blame media bias. It's Christians vs. the world. They bait us with their jaded questions. They seize on words or phrases, maybe even out of context, to paint us with a broad brush.
But let's be honest. Occasionally (maybe more than occasionally), somebody who shares our faith feeds them a perfectly insensitive, poorly thought out sound bite. Or we simply take the bait, with the best of intentions.
I have decided that any time I ever get the opportunity to talk about some terribly sensitive, polarizing topic, I am going to run it through this filter. It's a quote shared by the wise (and really tall) Carlos Whittaker:
Want proof? I just did a quick count of His major commands. There were about 51 of them. Nine of them were of the "don't" nature. (Like "don't lie, don't murder," etc.) The rest of them....a whopping 82% of them told me to DO GOOD THINGS. Love others. Forgive. Be merciful. Help those in need. Love my enemies. Pray and fast in private.
It's time for Christians to decide THOSE are the things we want to be known for.
I promise you this: very few people will be surprised about your beliefs on today's "hot button" issues. (So what if you're "for this" and "against that." Who isn't??)
Yet can you imagine how shocked those in your world would be when they saw you repeatedly loving your enemies? Being the first to graciously forgive? Choosing NOT to throw stones? Turning the other cheek?
That's the stuff we should be known for. I believe that satan himself uses our good intentions...our desire to take moral stands...to distract us from our Ultimate Calling. In fact, I contend that IF we could truly emulate Christ the way we were commanded, the things that so vex us would disappear. Because love wins. Always.