|Posted on May 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM|
I live in North Carolina and tomorrow is the day we get to vote for some issues concerning our state. One of these is Amendment One. This issue concerns marriage.
Now, as a believer in Christ, I am all about marriage being between one man and one woman. God says that is right and I believe what He says. But, there is something about this whole Amendment One thing that is bothering me.
The issue has reared its ugly head in every front yard so proudly adorned with signs and banners all around our state. Some are for the Amendment, some against. "For" means we are upholding marriage the way God says it should be. "Against" means that we will accept marriage and unions between parties other than one man and one woman. Since this has become such a huge debate, I have been burdened by the condemnation and hate that I see springing from the spoken words and written letters to the editor in every publication available locally.And, to beat it all, these words and letters are coming from God's own children.
I KNOW that we,as God's people, are called to be bold about our faith. I KNOW that we are called to evangelize the neighborhood. I KNOW that we must stand up for what is right in God's eyes and in our hearts. BUT, I do NOT believe even for one minute that those commissions give us the right to get outright mean and nasty while we fling the Word of God around in the face of all those who are "not like us". I honestly think God sheds a tear or two when He sees us being so unloving to our fellow human beings.
Now, I also KNOW that my opinion is a minority among believers. And, that is OK. I am willing to take a stand anyway. Not against marriage as God (and myself) see it, but against the way we Christ followers are behaving ourselves.
You see, I believe we will never bring people to Christ through judgement and condemnation. I believe that people get offended when we act as though "they" are lesser than "us" because they don't believe like "we" do. That is certainly no way to convert a person.
True, people are in need of Jesus and a real relationship with Him. But, if someone came to your door and got in your face about how wrong you are and how right they are, would that lead you to come over to their side? I don't think so. But,let them show up at your door with a fresh baked pie and a hug and you would invite them in for a cup of coffee and have a meaningful conversation with them and begin to build a relationship.
There is one thing we are called to do above all other things. Know what that is? Get ready now...it's a scary thought...its... its...LOVE. Isn't that just crazy radical?
I have never seen any better way to lead someone to the Lord than to just love them. Let God do the convicting. Let Him do the judging. He is the greatest Lover of all and we are called to be like Him. In fact, that is what separates us from the world. It is the mark upon our hearts that signifies that we belong to God in the first place. It's the epitome of God's grace. It's the foundation of our faith, for goodness sake!
So, I say, that instead of forcing what we believe on those around us, how about we just love them and see what God does next. I know it sounds risky, to give it all to God and all and just flat out love other people, but let's give it a whirl anyway. What have we got to lose? Our right to be mean? To be judgemental? To be holier than thou?
Let's just get way out there beyond the norm and LOVE!! How's that for an Amendment?
"i give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, If you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 HCSB)
"Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses." (Proverbs 10:12 HCSB)
In HIS LOVE,