Naming … and shaming

A crowd walks through the streets with placards proclaiming “Black Lives Matter.” Watch what happens when someone says, “White Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter.” Chants of racist fill the air.

Can’t everyone matter?

Parades and special weeks proclaim “Gay Pride” or just “Pride”—to represent all LGBTQ people. Google features a drag queen. Anyone who posts “Straight Pride” or “I am for traditional marriage” is vilified as a homophobe.

Isn’t it okay to prefer one lifestyle?

Many people wear masks for Covid19. Others don’t, saying masks aren’t effective. Some wear them because they’re required. Other people balk, citing the freedom to make their own choices. Asthmatics may choose not to wear a mask because it restricts oxygen. 

Can’t people choose what they wish to wear or not—unless it’s the law?

A lot of churches closed their doors for the pandemic. Some of them still haven’t opened because of the legal restrictions in their countries or areas. Other churches opened with special social distancing seating, sanitizer, and following health guidelines. Quite a few pastors refused to close the doors of their physical buildings at all, citing religious freedom. There has been much discussion on this matter.

May individual, independent churches decide—unless it’s the law?

We won’t even start about politics!

I believe it’s a sad state of affairs when a person cannot speak his mind without everyone else coming down on him. It is awful that one statement is valued and another parallel statement gets mocked. Why is only one viewpoint acceptable? Is there no room for thinking and expressing ideas?

Doesn’t God’s view matter?

The truth is:

  • God made every single human being—of every hue—in an incredibly purposeful, detailed way. Each was made in the image of God. (Psalm 139:13-16; Genesis 1:27)
  • He created male and female and instituted marriage. (Genesis 1:27; 2:22-24)
  • We are to be considerate of others. (Luke 6:31; Philippians 2:3)
  • The Lord wants us to follow the laws of the land. (Romans 13:1-7)
  • God wants us to be kind. (Ephesians 4:32)

Even when we differ, we should be kind. How can Christians hope to win the lost if we’re not nice?

I believe strongly on some of the subjects I mentioned and not so strongly on others. For example, I don’t care who wears a face mask.

But, even if I don’t agree with a person, he or she can still be my friend. I have friends and relatives in every category above, and I respect them as people for whom Jesus died. They are created in the image of God, just as much as I am. I pray for them and care about them.

Jesus said, And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (March 12:30-31).

Let’s go out and love our neighbors—even when they disagree with us.

May we present our opinions with grace and back them up with biblical truths.

Jesus said, Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10).

You matter to God. He wants your affection, and He wants you to share that love with others.