Several years ago, my friend was sharing an encounter with some of his neighbors who lived in the same apartment complex. They were organizing a rally to protest the president at that period in time and they were soliciting his support.
“So you’re going to join us tonight, right?”
My friend was keenly aware that his political views differed from everyone who was attending. Yet, he did not wish to offend and politely declined. His response surprised the organizer who blurted out, “Why not? You’re not one of THEM, are you?” opening her eyes wide in disbelief.
“What if I am?”
“You live in this complex and city, so you can’t be like THEM, can you?”
“And what if I am?”
“Well, I would never have believed it. You seem like a nice person.”
In this world of political correctness, diversity, and inclusion, it is a fascinating and ironic commentary that the individuals and groups who clamor the loudest for these values are often the most politically incorrect and EXclusive. An opinion or moral standard is acceptable so long as it is congruent with THEIR values. The inherent contradictions and hypocrisy of their stances are lost to them since they brand anyone who holds opinions contrary to their own as bigoted.
It used to be that whenever I encountered someone with an opinion that differed from mine, I would politely shake their hand and say, “Well, let’s agree to disagree.” Nearly every time that happened, the conversation quietly ended. No longer. Now, disagreements quickly take a hostile and even violent turn.
The arguments are as old as civilization. Guns or butter? Worker or employer? Good people can agree to disagree on many of these issues but there is a point when one must take a firm and uncompromising stance. For a Christian believer, that point is when a choice has to be made to follow the ways of God or that of man.
…We must obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:29 (ESV)
As the Apostle Peter and the rest of the disciples proclaimed to the ruling authorities who demanded they stop preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, all Christians must take a definitive and identical stand against those who would malign and/or blaspheme the Name of Jesus Christ.
“You’re not one of them, are you?”
I most certainly am.
I am a child of God because Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.