There’s been a lot of conversation lately about freedom of speech and hate speech, and supporting or not supporting those who speak for or against things. I’ve always known that though you can say anything, it doesn’t mean you should. We were all taught that. Between an election year and a great deal of news about a popular businessman’s practices of donating corporately to anti-gay marriage causes, I’ve held my tongue a lot on public forums, and even to close friends who I don’t always agree with. But as we’ve been reminded lately, and as I’m ever thankful for, we do live in a free country where we are free to voice our beliefs. So here are mine.
As a Christian, I’ve always wondered why “we” spend more time speaking against things instead of speaking for people. I don’t understand why millions are spent working against causes instead of being used for helping humanity. I don’t understand why we think we can show God’s love by doing the opposite. And I really believe that is what the church in general is doing today. I think it’s because the church is made up of humans, and humans are not perfect. But I believe we must keep working towards showing love to those He loves. Regardless of what your stance on certain issues is, I don’t ever want to be remembered for what I fought against, but what I fought for.
Did you know: According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”Source Did you know: More than 660 million people without sanitation live on less than $2 a day, and more than 385 million on less than $1 a day. These are just two of the many statistics that should make our heart hurt if we truly love people. But in 2010, one company gave over $2 million to help fight gay marriage and instead of encouraging them to instead donate that amount to helping those Christ died for, we’re celebrating them. They also gave a lot of money to feed the homeless, educate children and provide other important services. But what else could $2 million have done.
One of the books that has resonated most with me is ‘Crazy Love’ by Francis Chan. I recently read it from cover to cover in a few days, seeing his passionate and yet simple explanations of how God loves us and how we should respond by loving others. He summed up why we aren’t reaching people with God’s message of love like we could.
“We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God. You’ve probably heard the expression ‘I believe in God, just not organized religion’. I don’t think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live.”
― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
I am not suggesting your compromise your beliefs, but I am saying that I pray that you and I both can be more concerned about winning hearts than anything else.
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