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Christians Would Rather be Friends Than Fighters

Jeremiah 1:5 Wrote: Aug 30, 2012 3:22 PM
I agree with you, but I don't believe Brown meant that. I believe he was simply stating that in order to say those truthful things you just mentioned in a loving way, it's probably better to say them to someone who you have some kind of relationship/friendship with rather than a total stranger. It took me 7 years of simply being nice to finally get a co-worker (who is gay) to open up and ask me questions about Jesus. They are still struggling, like we all are in different ways, but I believe it was made possible be showing them respect as a person created by God.
Andy440 Wrote: Aug 30, 2012 5:04 PM
I can certainly run with that. The bottom line is, say and do what God would have us say and do, in ANY given situation...and do everything in LOVE, even if that means cording a leather whip, and swinging it freely, while pushing over tables!

Are conservative Christians fighters by nature who thrive on the front lines of the culture wars? While there may be some of us who tend to be more confrontational, a recent incident suggests to me that most of us who identify as followers of Jesus are drawn to compassion more than conflict and are given to building friendships more than engaging in fights.

Last week, one of the pastors of my home congregation was informed by the police that there would be a gay protest outside of our church service on Sunday morning. A local gay website carried this announcement: “We...