I'm a member of a couple of online mommy forums and as strange as it may sound, I've made some good friends there, been encouraged, and gotten some excellent advice.
Not only do we talk about babies and diapers and breastfeeding, but we also discuss current events, TV shows, husbands, and anything else you can think of.
Recently, someone brought up a very hot button issue and of course, everyone came rushing in to defend their position. This issue happens to be something that even many Christians are divided on. (In my opinion, the Word is very clear on this issue, but of course, I can only speak for myself).
Reading through the pages of the discussion, one thing is obvious: The Christians who hold a certain position are told that their opinion is ignorant, intolerant, outdated, judgmental, close-minded, etc., etc.
In today's world, it is politically correct to be "open-minded". Thefreedictionary.com says that "open-minded" is being "receptive to new and different ideas of the opinions of others." Now, when it comes to parenting styles--hey, I'm open-minded! New teaching theories? Open-minded! Trying new foods? Hey, right here!
When it comes to my faith? Close-minded and owning it! You know why? Because my mind is closed to anything that the Bible blatantly and openly disagrees with. Jesus simply told us to love, and a lot of the time we have to love with our eyes, ears, and minds-closed or our thoughts and emotions would override what we are commanded to do. God never asked me to be open-minded. In fact, he told me what is right and wrong and tells me I had better discern it in the words of others, using the Bible.
Someone once said, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything".
So many people do that these days!
Pick and choose parts of the Bible they agree with and trash the rest.
A little bit of Buddha, a little bit of karma, a little bit of Christianity.
The Bible says, "Choose today whom you will serve!" (Joshua 24:15 NLT)
Well, "I have decided to follow Jesus" and I'm stickin' to my guns.
Call that intolerant, but it won't be any more intolerant than the treatment Christians usually get.
Jesus said, "This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you."
My only commandment is to love in the same way Jesus loves me, which means that, no matter what I do, no matter how imperfect I am, he loves me.
So, I don't have to agree with a person and I sure don't have to like what he/she does, but I will love them nevertheless.