Why is it so important for some to make sure all their acquaintances agree with them on every level, politics first and foremost, after that religion:
- Do you believe in God as the Creator … or
- Do you believe that we just exploded into being by Mother Universe?
- Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the only way to be assured of eternal life? …. Or
- Do you believe that since “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”that nothing, no declaration of salvation or declaration of faith is needed for eternal life, or do you even believe in life eternal or that we just go into nothingness?
It seems that any variance of belief transcends love and friendship on any and all levels.
I don’t understand it.
Why is it that if my path is different than yours you have to make people believe that somehow I have erred?
I was raised by a man that never had a harm word to say against anyone, not even people that used him and then threw him away; when he gave his blood, sweat and tears to a little church that was in trouble and then found himself voted out in favor of maybe a flashier or younger preacher he never said anything our loud that would make us believe that he thought he had been wronged. His standard answer to me, which I hated to hear, was that God loves us all the same.
I find myself praying for my own attitude because I am not as sanctified and serene or as good as my dad, and when I feel hurt I want to strike back but I know that by reaching out my hand to do that would stop anything that God would do to redeem me.
I read cliché statements like, “If he brought you to it He will take you through it”, “God won’t put on you more than you are able to bear,”and the list could go on… for now I will lean on this scripture: Romans 8:26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.