Monday, August 27, 2012

Too Tolerant?!?

It's not a newsflash that our world has become super tolerant of many, many things. We are constantly told that we need to accept and be tolerant of different beliefs and lifestyles. If we tell someone that what they are doing or how they are living is wrong, then we are simply labeled as intolerant, right winged, narrow minded people.
But I must ask you, did Jesus tip-toe around the difficult subject of pointing out peoples wrong doings? Did He simply pull them into a big hug and act as if they had done nothing wrong?
NO!
Here is what Jesus said to the woman at the well. (To read the whole account go to John 4)
 
"He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
-John 4:16-18
 
Jesus bluntly pointed out that she did not have a husband, but in fact had FIVE husbands and was now with a SIXTH man!
 
I'm not saying we should go around telling everyone what they are doing is wrong, but I do feel that we (as in the church) have become much too tolerant of what is going on around us. If we can't go to one of our fellow Christians and Lovingly point out that there is wrong doing in their life, are we truly following Jesus' leading?? We don't need to condemn them, but in a Christlike manner, I believe we should go to them and point out that what they are doing or are involved in is not what God would want them to be doing.
We can still pull them into a big hug and let them know that we are praying for them and we are concerned for them.
The main thing that I have been struggling with is that if we don't say anything, is it just as bad as if we were doing the wrong thing? Because I feel like, by not saying anything we are accepting and condoning the behavior.
Due to some recent events involving some family members and church members, I have started to think about this topic more and more. I don't know how to go about bringing up the topic of their wrong doings, but at the same time feel as if I am also in the wrong for not saying anything.


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Carry Me to the Cross

Well, it's almost been a month since I last posted something. The past 3 weeks have been the most extreme emotional roller coaster I have ever been on and the other day I heard this song and it was JUST what I needed to hear. So I hope it can encourage and lift up at least one of you out there, just as it did for me!
Just a reminder that we are not alone, God will carry us!!!




"Carry Me To The Cross"

When the path is daunting
And every step exhausting
I'm not alone
I'm not alone, no, no
I feel you draw me closer
All these burdens on my shoulder
I'm not alone, I'm not alone
You pull me me from this place

Hellelujah
You carry me every day
You carry me all all the way
Hallelujah
You carry me to the
You carry me to the cross

How your love has moved me, yeah
To the foot of all your glory
I'm not alone, I'm not alone
I'm not alone

Hallelujah
You carry me every day
You carry me all all the way
Hallelujah
You carry me to the
You carry me to the cross

All of these cities you have built
And every cathedral you have filled
To all of creation you gave life with your hands
And with those hands you comfort me
You lift me up from my knees
And carry me
You carry me

Hallelujah
You carry me every day
You carry me all all the way
Hallelujah
You carry me to the
You carry me to the cross
The cross
You carry me to the
You carry me to the cross