License to Discriminate
Jesus said: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck out of your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5)
We should not judge in matters of opinion.
"Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand" (Romans 14:1-4).
"But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.' So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way." (Romans 14:10-13)
There's another sad situation that I'm currently experiencing with a friend of mine who struggles with these types of prejudices because she's black. There was once a time when her relatives were not able to be seated among white people nor were they allowed in the front of a bus. They had minimal rights like the LGBT community, but it wasn't so much based on religion as it is with homosexuality. My friend, however, feels that being black is much different from being homosexual.
"We were born this way, Deb."
"Me too. I was born this way."
She stated to me, "Being homosexual is a sin, it says so in the bible."
To which I replied, "It also states in the bible that being a slave is okay."
Do you see the madness?
Jesus is probably weeping over these ridiculous debates. What about just simply loving one another or at least, respecting one another regardless? Isn't that what God commanded us to do...in the bible?
Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
We are not doing this!
Let's face it. We will never come to terms with racial, antigay or antisemite type of situations. (I'm sure I'm missing another 5,000 groups.) We will never see eye-to-eye when it comes to our faith; our core belief system. We will not deter from it nor will we ever stop fighting about it. Unless, we can safely sit back and watch it all unfold before our eyes without saying ONE word. Can you do that?
So I'm going to ask all of you who are reading this article to do me a big favor. In the comment section below, or on my Facebook page, please list the sins that would also qualify for their "license to discriminate" due to their religious beliefs.
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