You don't have to read very far back in my archives to see immediately that I am a Christian. I'm very staunch in my beliefs. I think that regardless of what you believe, you should be firm in that, otherwise you are just wishy-washy, and somewhat gullible. (The saying "Don't be so opened minded that your brains fall out" comes to mind!)
I believe in the Bible. I believe it very clearly lays out for us all the way we are to live our lives. I believe that ultimately, whether a person believes that or not, God will hold them to His standards. As Christians, we cannot use the Bible to prove a point to those who do not believe it. It would be like trying to use the Koran to convince a Christian he is wrong! Instead, we are to lead by example; to let our light shine to those around us.
Not that it wasn't already quite obvious, but people who believe the same was as I do are increasingly becoming the minority. Even other Christians have watered down their faith in an attempt to become more politically correct, or to keep from offending others. What breaks my heart is when families can even become separated due to different beliefs.
I've seen some things recently posted by people whom I love; family members whom I truly love. Those writings have clearly grouped anyone who disagrees with homosexuality into the same type of hate groups as the Klu Klux Klan, and even Nazism. They have called for a boycott and complete separation from anyone who disagrees with them. I want to make clear, here and now, that although I have my beliefs, I am not bigoted or hateful to anyone. Personally, I do not agree with the homosexual lifestyle. I'm not going to list all the verses in the Bible that lead me to believe that way. Those of you who agree with me know what they are; those who disagree with me likely do not care. However.....it isn't for me to lead another person's life. Just because I disagree with it, doesn't mean I don't like you. It doesn't mean I want to hurt you, or stand in your way.
I know there are some extremists who do some really horrible things. It happens on both sides, unfortunately.
That isn't me. It isn't anyone I know, either. But, I am not going to change my views. I'd like to think that those who posted those things know me well enough to know that those things are true.
But what I will say, is how very hurt I am by those postings. I am hurt that by agreeing with the things they posted, they have grouped me, my husband, and my children into a group as horrible as the KKK. They've made it clear they want nothing to do with that type of person. They know my feelings, and know I would never hurt them, yet I am grouped there by virtue of my beliefs. Unfortunately, now that I know they want nothing to do with people who believe as I do, I am not sure I will ever feel comfortable around them again. I'll be wondering the whole time if secretly they are thinking and saying things about my beliefs. In fact, I'm not even certain they want me around them anymore, seeing as how they want nothing to do with people like that. I still love them dearly. I always will, regardless! But, in order to respect their feelings about people like me, I'm just going to hang back for awhile.
I thought they wanted equality for all? I thought they wanted all to be treated equally, regardless of beliefs or lifestyle? I was wrong.
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