Well, the snow hit that I wrote about in this post. But fortunately, it was a wet snow that accumulated on cars as they sat or on the grass, but the roads were doable and there didn’t seem to be a hardship for anyone (that I know of). We dodged a bullet because if this had been a month or so ago, holy mackerel!
I was reading Craveable Monday morning (yes, I am still working my way through it), when I ran across this statement:
I don’t know of anything more powerful and feeding to the life of another person than unconditional love and acceptance-the kind of love and acceptance that doesn’t judge or juke, the authentic love and acceptance that invests and gives and doesn’t put a ‘return to sender’ sticker on it. (p.107)
Without a doubt people love to be loved. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t want to be loved unconditionally. Now…you put conditions on that “love” and the person will automatically be suspect of whatever is coming. The real crux of the matter is as Artie further discusses, and what has been discussed on this blog and others as well: this whole idea of acceptance.
Acceptance does not mean approval. There is a huge difference between the two. Jesus loved and accepted “out of bounds” people. The woman at the well and Zacchaeus are examples of that. From “go tell your husband” and “You have had five, and the one you’re currently living with is not your husband,” Jesus extended the welcome mat. He told Zacchaeus He was going to his house that day, but I can guarantee Jesus was disapproving of his lying and cheating. Jesus may have accepted these two (and others), but He did not approve of their lifestyle or choices.
WE. NEED. TO. TAKE. OUR. CUE. FROM. JESUS.
Recently a former prominent pastor of controversial books/beliefs has gone public in his acceptance AND approval of the gay lifestyle and marriage. I know this is a touchy/controversial subject for some, but while acceptance can be extended to them, approval of their lifestyle can not. I believe in the No Perfect People Allowed approach. I preach it. I try to practice it. But that does not mean approval of the lifestyle. And keep in mind, I am only using that as an example. Throw in promiscuous, stealing, lying, gossipy, etc to add to that list.
At the same time I
must have to remember I am fallible also. So a judgmental, hateful, hate-filled approach is not in the cards either. Remembering that should bring me to a loving acceptance of others as people loved by God.
I know I am only touching the hem of the garment of this discussion. But I would like to know what your thoughts are on acceptance and approval. This is an open forum but please be respectful. Anything less will not be approved.