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.”