Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Political Correctness and Disagreeing Without Mistreating
I do not use my blog to write about a lot of political issues, nor do I post about them on Facebook. Mainly because I do not know that it is a good forum for political opinions. It is too easy for us to misunderstand each other when we read and post terse little remarks back and forth instead of sitting down and having a conversation about our ideas.
That said, I am now beginning to get more politically involved than I have been comfortable with in the past, because I believe that it is necessary in our times. The recent controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A has become a trigger for all kinds of emotions to fly from both sides. I am posting a link to an article here that I think addresses the issue well, from both sides.
I think this is a very good article and would be worth your reading time, on whichever side of the issue you stand. I just keep wondering about one thing, though, that I keep seeing in different articles, facebook statuses, etc. In this article it is stated: "it has broken my heart the way that many who claim to follow Christ have treated those who are homosexuals. We’ve yelled at them, ignored them and in some cases damned them to hell without EVER sitting down and actually having a conversation with someone who is gay."
Those of you out there who are Christians, are you really doing that stuff? I am a Christian. I have friends who are homosexual. Some of whom I consider very good friends. I'm pretty sure we disagree on the definition of marriage issue and I'm pretty sure they know how I feel about it. So far, I have not once yelled at one of them, ignored them, or damned them to hell. I haven't seen any churches do that. I'm sure there are *some* Christians and *some* churches who are not acting in love, just like there are *some* homosexuals who molest children. These extremes are clearly in the wrong. But do you really have the perception that that is how all Christians act? If you are gay and would like to visit a church, come to mine this Sunday. We won't tell you we agree with your lifestyle, but we won't treat you in any derogatory way. You can sit with all the rest of us liars, gossips, murderers, and adulterers and learn about the blood of Christ that can wash us all clean.
Here is the article: http://www.perrynoble.com/2012/08/01/ben-jerrys-chic-fil-a-political-correctness/.
Here's to treating one another in love and becoming more Christ-like.