different perspectives

by Sandra

Sometimes my friends state their thoughts and opinions in ways I would never think to do. Below are a couple of recent utterances that I find particularly thought-provoking and inspiring.

First, in regards to the upcoming election, I posted a link to this article from the Burnside Writers Collective on my Facebook page. The next day, an old acquaintance from high school, the literal son of a preacher man, left this comment:

Sandra – both tickets are equally vacuous on a “spiritual” level. And hearing any church leaders make hardline endorsements to politicians saddens me greatly…Christians have believed for years that politics is a major means to advancing their faith. But Jesus calls us to a higher level of dialogue than any political debate can provide. I do, however, cringe when hearing jaded “Christians” toss Biblical principal and foundational truth out the window because they’re “tired of hearing” a viewpoint from evangelical mouthpieces. There’s a real easy way to measure a man: by the Bible.

Secondly, because yesterday was the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a friend who happens to live in a Muslim country had this to say about “neighbors and enemies,” and here I will shamelessly post her note almost in its entirety:

I was in a conversation with a friend who was relaying a conversation she’d had with a godly man from America recently. this is really 3rd hand, so I’ll summarize the gist…

friend: … the reality is that most Mslms are not terr0rists… they’re not our “enemy”…

godly man: well, 9-11 really changed things…

friend: if they are our enemy, then our only response is to love them and pray for them.

the thing that alarmed me was the fact that this is a godly man, respected in his community, and has a passion to see JC honored in his community and in the nations. i appreciate the wisdom with which my friend spoke truth to this man.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pr for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the [left-wing, pro-choice, democrats] do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the [Mslms] do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
-Matthew 6:43-46-

it struck me this morning that we, as believers, have a serious choice to make today. will we be filled with anger and revenge over the attacks on our homeland or will we pr for those who did wrong to us?

Thank you friends, for the ways you see the world and your refusal to hash out the same old opinions because that is what is expected of you. Again thank you.