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.”

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.

Getting the Full Picture

CBS journalist Lara Logan is trending on Twitter today because she made what some are calling an “outrageous claim.” She said the news media is biased and that people need to read Breitbart to get the full picture.

She’s right!

She said, “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense — or at least the effort — to be objective, today. … We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that.”

To get the entire picture of what is going on, we need to seek our various viewpoints. Not just the mainstream press, which has liberal bias, but conservative news organizations and international ones, as well.

I’ve been doing this for years. Some of my go-to media outlets: BBC, Fox News, PBS, MSNBC, Breitbart, AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, Wall Street Journal, The Blaze, etc.

Also, I follow certain individuals: James T. Harris, Steven Crowder, Ben Shapiro, Piers Morgan, Katie Hopkins, et. al.

Ms. Logan states that one of the issues of following the mainstream press is that 85% of their journalists are Democrat. Everything printed about Trump is negative, and all issues are reported in black and white. She says that’s simply not akin to the real world, which we know exists in shades of grey. She claims when there’s nothing positive reported about Trump, Republicans or conservative issues, then it cannot be real, because it’s not in line with what we know of the world which is comprised of both positives and negatives.

She emphasizes that the way the press portrays the right and Trump cannot be factually accurate due to the nearly 100% negative coverage.

So, Ms. Logan will get excoriated by the media, Dems and the left for her position that we just need more well-rounded input from a variety of sources.

My challenge to you: seek out info that opposes your belief system, and test the waters of another line of thought. You may not be swayed, but you’ll be INFORMED.