Love in Disagreement

We can’t make the mistake of thinking that agreement is a sign of acceptance. It’s not. You can accept someone, and not agree with them on everything.

Likewise, we can’t think that because a friend voted for a politician, liked a celebrity or befriended another person that they agree 100% with everything that politician, celebrity or friend espouse. That’s ridiculous.

If we only loved people with whom we 100% agreed, we’d be alone

Such thinking is a false trap that keeps us isolated…and silent.

I posted this article on a social media platform. Basically, it says that one cannot be a Christian and a Wiccan at the same time. Something that I believe.

Later, I posted this article about the VA allowing Bibles back into their chapels (IKR?). I believe freedom of religion is noble.

I stated: ” Our own beliefs or lack of beliefs should never stop others from their own personal worship! Do I wish everyone chose the Bible? Yes. But, supporting religious freedom means allowing other people their personal space to practice the religion of their choice, or not practice any religion at all.”

A friend of mine commented on this post, stating: “I am sorry Cat, but you recently posted an article that was highly critical and VERY inaccurate about my religion and I can’t see how that was supporting religious freedom, but rather spreading fear and hatred of a religion.

She’s right that I posted it, but she’s wrong that I didn’t support her freedom of religion. The article I posted was written FOR Christians, espousing the belief that you cannot be a Wiccan and a Christian.

All religions eschew other religions, because you can’t simultaneously be one AND another. I believe with all my heart that you are FREE to practice whatever religion suits you and you are free to talk to others about it. But, I am ALSO free to talk to people about my religion and what I believe. I can support your FREEDOM to choose a religion, but that does not mean I must support your religion, in fact, I cannot support it based on the tenets of my own religion.

Allowing someone their freedom does not mean condoning their choices.

Christian pastor Rick Warren said it best: “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

One Moment…

One moment you’re posting a cute dog picture on fb and the next, you’re not here.

A high school connection of mine passed away quite suddenly. It’s always shocking when it’s unexpected and a peer.

So, savor every sweet moment in life! Even the not-so-sweet ones!

Please, condolences only for her family and close friends, we weren’t close, but rather merely acquainted.

The Enemy’s Playground

Vote Democrat. Vote Republican. But, don’t tell me that one is “godly” or more “loving.”

There’s no perfect politician, no perfect person, only Jesus. Wrapping up energy in fighting against one politician or the other, or one political fight or the other, is the enemy’s doing.

Wrapping up energy fighting invented issues or supposed affronts is the enemy’s doing.

Look at the enemy’s execution. See what he’s doing?!? He’s causing us to hate each other! He’s causing fights among us Christian believers!
The enemy’s bringing down our church leaders, one by one. He’s having leaders eschew God’s teachings for non-confrontational versions of Christianity. When the opposite is true! God has always been confrontational! Jesus wasn’t a hippie, but he loved hippies! Jesus was and is a fighter! The enemy causes church leaders to denounce their faith, to outright question the existence of Jesus.

You know, I expect such chaos and flesh in the world, but I don’t expect it in the church community. We need to fight against it. By the Spirit of God we have POWER to live in God’s Kingdom, not the enemy’s playground.