I don’t want to come off as the angry Christian girl. I realize that this post, coupled with the post from yesterday, will ruffle some feathers. I realize that I am in the vast minority with my views on transgender, homosexuality, and the like. Well, I have another post to birth. This one is about love.
Since when does love = tolerance?
I read an article on the internet. The author, a praise & worship/youth pastor, went to church with Bruce Jenner. Apparently, they attended the same church just months before Bruce let the public know that Caitlyn was about to be presented. He says that Bruce taught him a lot about Jesus. You can read the article here: What Caitlyn Jenner Taught Me About Jesus This is what Caitlyn taught him:
Caitlyn taught me to be bold. Jesus was bold enough to overturn tables at his father’s temple, he was bold enough to stand up to the religious leaders of his day and let them know they had it backwards. In the Bible, we see the oppressed overcome the oppressor and the meek become strong. That is the core of the Jesus I know. Jesus came to eat with the people no one would be seen with, to turn the tax collector into an honest man. He came to transform the world.
All of those things are indeed true. Jesus was bold. He was bold in the face of SIN. He was bold enough to take a stand and tell the TRUTH. After Jesus turned over the tables, he said, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. He boldy made a stand to correct them. And he did this out of love.
Yes, Jesus sat with sinners and tax collectors. And he did it to tell the truth, all out of love. He didn’t spend time with sinners just to pat them on their back and tell them that it’s ok to stay where you are. He loved on them and told them to come out. When Jesus met with the woman at the well, he didn’t tip-toe around the fact that she was engaging in adulterous relationships. He told her, You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. When the woman caught in the act of adultery was about to be stoned, he told her, go, and sin no more. It is true that Jesus did not condemn her. And we shouldn’t condemn anyone either. But we should tell the truth. We should tell the truth out of love; out of concern for a person’s soul.
The author of the aforementioned article then goes on to say,
Jesus wasn’t one to turn away from those the world had labeled broken. He was the one who would walk toward them with open arms.
Yes! Jesus loves on us and receives us. But it is also a requirement that we keep his commandments. He said himself, if you love me, keep my commandments.” We are to observe to do everything written in the Bible. Does this not include faith? Does this not include belief? Does the Bible not say that God created man and woman? Does the Bible not say that You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb? These are truths that need to be told! God didn’t get it wrong when He created Bruce! He formed Bruce’s inward parts and knew him before his own mother did. We don’t tell the truth out of a spirit of hate or intolerance. It’s out of love.
Finally, he writes,
May your heart break for those who are struggling or hurting. May you see what God is doing in the world he has promised to transform. May we live in hope and love.
Yes! Our hearts should be breaking! We should be interceding and crying out to the Lord for the deception that is taking place in the world. My prayer is that we see what the enemy is doing to the world. God is not in this. He is not a man that he should lie. He wouldn’t go against His own word. God created each and every one of us. His plan is perfect. He makes no mistakes.
We need to stand up and declare the truth about Jesus; about love. The world has been deceived into believing that love = tolerance. We are not to be tolerant of wrong. We are not to be tolerant of a lifestyle that calls the Word of God a lie. Yes, we are to love everyone. We aren’t to condemn. We don’t turn our backs on someone because of their beliefs. We don’t call them names or tell them that they are less of a person. But we HAVE to love them enough to tell them the truth. The truth is that this life is temporary. There IS a heaven and a hell. And it’s our part to love and tell the truth about Jesus Christ and what He can do for them.