|God loves me, this I know.|
Jesus had left Judea to return to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon, a Samaritan woman came to draw water.Is it that you don't believe God condones serving those who you may disagree with or who you're against religiously? Jesus Himself broke this "freedom of religion" and shared a drink of water with the Samaritan woman. She served him and he served her -- both on different sides of the spectrum. There were no differences -- only acts of kindness. It's confusing to me to see faithful Christians being so hurtful and using the Bible as well as laws in order to show their anger, their hatred and animosity towards those who are gay, lesbian and transgender. God even states that if you turn any one of His children away from God -- that this alone is the biggest sin of all. Whenever a Christian demonstrates hatred and lack of compassion, you are giving more fuel to set someone off the path of trusting God.
Jesus said to her, "Please give me a drink."
He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.
The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, "You are a jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?"
Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water."
"How can a Christian be so mean?"
"The owner has the right to not serve you. What makes you think that everybody should serve you?"
Because I'm a well behaved upstanding citizen whose money is green just like everybody else's. The other day, I had a few words with another blogger named, Matt Walsh. Some of his tweets were quite an eye-opener.
Of course businesses should have the right to discriminate against gay people #BoycottIndiana http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/sorry-gays-you-dont-have-the-right-to-be-free-from-discrimination/ …
@DebraPasquella You want businesses to be compelled to serve you and your gay weddings.That's above and beyond what most people are afforded.
@DebraPasquella if another sort of sinner asked them to participate in the sin itself, then I expect they would refuse
@MattWalshBlog We're not asking them to have sex with us. We're asking them to do what they do every single day: bake a cake.
|These poor kids will learn how to hate before tying their own shoelaces.|
There is no logic behind Matt's reasonings other than discriminatory viewpoints. On top of that, with that huge soapbox that you have, why not spread a positive message, or at least one that makes sense? Why not go against these hateful Christians who are practicing their prejudices in the name of religion? But you chose the conservative/popular side -- perhaps to bring in the masses. And you did well. I have never seen so many bigots come out of the woodwork. Behind the fine veil of this freedom of religion is bigotry -- a right to demonstrate your own discrimination towards the LGBT community. In an indirect way, you. are. hurting. many. people. What do you think will happen when your two beautiful twins grow up? They will learn what you teach them. They will learn all the good things, like how to ride a bike, how to tie their shoelaces, as well as how to hate those who are different from them. With that thought comes in mind the bullying that usually tags along with that sort of teaching. Will you take responsibility for your children's actions if they decide to discriminate against a boy or girl who is gay or lesbian in their school? How will you handle this sort of thing? Many of the LGBT community go through severe depression because of bullying. Many have actually committed suicide because of it -- because of feeling so horrible about themselves. Do you want to be apart of that?
Matt blogged about this issue recently and got a ton of positive feedback on his stance with Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He's also very bigoted against the transgender community, making statements on his podcast such as, "Well, I wanna be a cantaloupe, I feel like a cantaloupe, but I'm not a cantaloupe." His controversial opinions leave many astounded by his audacity to hurt so many of the LGBT community.
I asked Matt one thing, but he avoided the question entirely. His conservative following started trolling me on Twitter, to which I had no interest to respond to that kind of hatred, but it made me realize how many people truly do hate the LGBT community who claim to be Christians.
One of the trolls stated:
"You are forcing them to go against their faith. not caring of what you do to others."
"You do you not realize you're discriminating against those business owners?"
"Real love is not wanting someone to spend eternity burning in hell. Hate is the opposite of."
It must take so much energy to get fired up about something that has little or nothing to do with the person who is in the argument. They want to see the gays and lesbians out of their little bigoted state. They want to show their distaste for such "disgusting sinners". Well then, have at it. But there are repercussions by doing such a thing. Many companies and citizens are now boycotting Indiana for their poor judgment upon society. Now, they don't get to be served either.
|Will God say this to you?|
Be good to one another.
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