Wrestling with my thoughts…
People are all up-in-arms, marching, protesting, and calling for a boycott. And they are against: [religious] freedom.
Interesting. Usually people march and stand up FOR freedom, not AGAINST it (…head tilt).
Let’s look at freedom. According to the dictionary, some definitions of “Freedom” are: the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.; the power to determine action without restraint; personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery.
Hmm. “Freedom” appears to be a really good thing; and, it is! But then there is the term “Boycott.”
The definition of a “Boycott” is: to combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion. – “Preventing, intimidation or coercion.” That really sounds like “freedom” (not to mention tolerance and non-discrimination) to me…NOT!
I find it ironic that the same people who preach “tolerance” and “COEXIST” are the same people calling for intolerance and boycotts…against Christians. I suppose that the COEXIST bumper sticker works…as long as the “T” is silent.
We need to remember that religious freedom is a good thing, for ALL, on many levels. These RFRA bills actually PREVENT discrimination (especially against people of faith). After all, who DOESN’T want freedom, especially religious freedom?
Does Jesus love all? Yes. As should we. I think of the woman at the well, caught in adultery, as noted in John chapter 8. The scripture states, “10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
A few key things to remember from this passage:
1. Jesus NEVER condemns her, or her sin. He loves Her.
2. Yet, He loves her enough to tell her the truth. Jesus calls the woman OUT OF her sin. He states, “Go, and sin no more.” – He NEVER condones, participates in, or celebrates her sin. And, He doesn’t do the that with our sins today…any of them.
Jesus continues in John 8 verse 12 by stating, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus states that whoever follows Him will NOT walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. It’s a call to repentance, a turning away from that [sin] which separates us from God, from forgiveness, and from eternal life.
These things happening today are not surprising as the same things happened to Jesus. The people mocked Him, insulted Him, hated Him, beat Him, called Him a liar, tried to silence Him, and nailed Him to a Roman cross…to die. How tolerant and loving is that?
And, what was Jesus’ response to all of this? He prayed for the people and said to His Father [in Luke 23:34], “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Let us have the same response as Jesus to those around us today.