Why Can’t We Just…

…love each other? Today as I walked I listened to a podcast interview between folks in support and against the proposed Arizona law that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. I’m in a bit over my head because I’m not really sure what the law does or does not do. But after listening for an hour, I can see both sides of the issue. On the one hand, I don’t think it is right for a business that serves the public to refuse to serve any law abiding customer based on race, creed, nationality, color or sexual orientation. On the other hand, with a world full of options, why demand to be served by the few that will refuse your money simply to prove a point? I learned many years ago that for me life is too short to fight to stay where I was not wanted, even if I could have won the fight.

I often serve people whom I do not approve of the way they choose to live their lives. As a pastor that goes with the territory. I have found that some of the folks that I initially thought were the most despicable were actually good and honorable people. After I got to know some of them, it occurred to me that I much preferred their company to some of the others whom only appeared to be good and honorable. For me, in these kinds of issues I have no question.  Jesus would serve anyone whom stood before him. I am sure He did not approve of the woman caught in adultery, but He sure did love her.  One of the great problems today is that we are consumed with “my rights”. On the other hand many of us claim to be saved by the One Who gave up all of His for us. I find that paradox puzzling.

Something to think about

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