Monday, November 10, 2008

A heavy controversial hard topic

Preface: I am in ways shy and certainly have feared hurting people's feelings for years and years. So as long as my friends know this and that I wrote the below the best I could for now...

I know this is controversial, and I know that nothing is simple and that both sides of any party can be rash and foolish. However, it concerns me that some who say they are liberal demonstrated that they can also be intolerant. (Note on this link, I do not know who the author really is, but it encapsulates in his own way the concern). (Also, no offense intended to my more liberal friends nor are they themselves violent to demonstrate their beliefs)... GetReligion covers this in more detail as news...

It is hard to know that there can be such polar opposites. I believe these issues are hard and lot of confusion and heartstrings are involved.

Personally, the animosity and a hatred I have never seen before or since, for those with conservative views was one of the things that brought me into the Orthodox Church. I saw and heard about the churches that had (or tried to get) priests fired, or church missions shut down completely because they remained with the traditional understanding that the Anglican church used to hold.

I know people on both sides of this argument. I know a lot of people who were really hurt in this.

Two last things: one there will be further conflict and two - we (on either side!) are called to be like Christ - loving those who we feel wish us ill.

In all things, let us be humble and love one another...

2 comments:

Simply Victoria said...

yes, these kinds of issues are difficult for a christian who lives in the world, and associated with people who hold many and varying beliefs and values.
as a teacher, I am not free to state an adverse opinion on same-sex marriage. It could end my career. We are censored. How frightening.

elizabeth said...

Yes. It IS frightening. I know friends in the States who were not allowed to wear Crosses to work at a public elementary school. It truely appears more and more to me that everything EXCEPT Christians are "tolerated" these days.