Thanks to all of you who made it out Saturday morning. We had intended to spend the time talking about peace. And, in a way, we did. We actually focused most of our attention on the controversial topic that was blowing up the internet last week – same-sex marriage.
I will not try to re-cap the opinions of the entire group, because they are variable and unique. But, I will share my own thoughts on this topic, and our response to it. My first thought is that it is not the Supreme Court’s job to interpret the Bible (that is our own responsibility), but rather to interpret the Constitution. This legal decision should have no bearing on our beliefs. Secondly, as I stated a couple of weeks ago, I believe the primary message of Jesus is love – not fear or hate or judgement. Therefore, I choose to let the concept of love lead me through these difficulty and complicated kinds of issues. Finally, If I can find peace in Philippians 4
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
then, I must not be afraid to speak that peace to others. Notice I didn’t say that I needed to be silent and avoid conflict, but rather actively speak peace. I don’t believe that God is passively letting peace seep into my life, but rather actively speaking it to me. And, I feel that I should be doing the same to others. Maybe not through the bullhorn of Facebook, but preferably through individual conversations, small group discussions, and, perhaps most importantly, through my actions.
I’d love to hear your feedback to this discussion, so Leave a Comment. Perhaps this is a good, less public place to carry out some of these conversations.
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