Most people I know have an opinion that reigns over all their other opinions.
The one they’ll fight the hardest for, you know?
I personally hate lying. I value honesty above all other virtues.
Wait. Jesus is the most important part of my life, I’m talking about after Jesus. Okay cool.
Anyways. Don’t lie to me. You’re doing heroine? Okay we’ll work it out but if you lie to me…like my trust is automatically dissapated and you & I working things is out will probably not happen. I mean I’ll forgive and give you grace and love you but I will probably not trust you again.
I didn’t say I was perfect, OKAY. That’s who I am. Can we accept that?
Anyways. Another virtue of my soul is that I hate tomatoes.
Is this going somewhere? I think it is…oh yes, I remember!
Okay well pretty much everyday some organization, business, celebrity, or christian leader does something wrong and the whole world explodes with opinions about it. Facebook is annoying for about 3 days and then it calms down until someone else does something controversial.
Enter topics like – gay marriage, abortion, chick fil a, wendy davis, and most recently world vision and (again) gay marriage.
And EVERY time, Christians react the loudest. Because that’s what Jesus would do, right? He would scream and yell and talk badly about other people in order to get His point across…am I right? LET’S BE WITH JESUS AND HATE ALL OTHER HUMANS WHO DON’T AGREE WITH US, THAT WILL MAKE THEM CHANGE THEIR MIND.
Unfortunately for you boo boo, that is not the way the world works. That is not the way Jesus works.
I’m not here to tell you my opinion on any of those topics because in the end, you don’t really care, right? You only care about shouting yours so loudly that people have to listen. Except the opposite happens. The really really bad happens.
Not only do people turn away from you, they turn away from Jesus. They think, so this person represents Christ? I want nothing to do with Christ.
Think of it this way. I hate tomatoes. I mean I think they’re gross and slimy and ew. But what if another person in my life likes tomatoes? Even though I do not understand HOW in the world they could like tomatoes or think that it’s okay to put tomatoes on a sandwich/salad/nachos – I will still engage in life with them. I will love them, hang out with them, and even eat with them…and sit in awe because I don’t understand why they could like tomatoes.
I think that’s what everyone should start doing with people that have lives they don’t agree with. Hang out with them, get to know with them, share meals with them. Because one characteristic of a person is not what defines the entire person.
Regardless of your opinion on all the controversial topics out there, disagreeing with someone doesn’t mean you should hate them. It doesn’t give you the right to write blog posts about how much gay people/feminists/democrats/abortion people/wendy davis/etc suck and should go to hell. Like all those people are real, you know that right? You know that they have feelings and hearts and get sad just like you, right? What gives you the right to define the trajectory of their entire life?
I’m not saying that you need to agree with them. I’m not saying that you need to like tomatoes and start eating them. But what I am saying is that just because you necessarily understand or agree with someone’s point of view, that does not give you an excuse to not shower them in love and grace.
And in case you’re confused on what Jesus says of this…I will refer you to John 8.
“At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” – John 8:2-11
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1st Corinthians 13:1-3
Love is the only thing that will bring people to Jesus, friends.
Don’t let one of those topic be the ones that you fight the hardest against. If you want to fight for something, fight the gospel to be spread among the nations, fight for justice, for love to reign, for peace, for world hunger, for freedom…for something that deserves to be fought for, not against.
I would also like to note that while I hate tomatoes,I love ketchup. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Over and out,
Special shoutout to Jen Hatmaker for inspiring this post and always being a beautiful reminder of what Jesus is truly about. You rock so hard, sister.