Written by cycleguy on October 27th, 2016

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This one can get a little dicey. We have to run a fine line between acceptance of the individual and approval of sin. The church is being slammed hard in this area. You know that as well as I do. We are being asked to compromise biblical values in order to be more inclusive. We are being seen as judgmental or (dare I say it?) homophobic because we take a stand against what we believe to be an unbiblical and unacceptable lifestyle.

The fine line we walk is between compassion and compromise.

Sadly, the church today is known more for what it is against than it stands for. Rather than being a card carrying member of the placard-waving Westwood clan, perhaps we would do well to be known for what we are for.

  • We stand for the acceptance and approval of each person as one who matters to God. (There. Now you know what I think of the Black Lives Matter/White Lives Matter/Hispanic Lives Matter stuff. WE ALL MATTER and are loved by the Heavenly Father).
  • We stand for building a stronger family.
  • We stand for the decrease and abuse of drugs, alcohol and children.
  • We stand for putting in safety measures to stop the easy access to pornography.
  • We stand for young people and helping them get out of human trafficking.

Models of truth and love. Easy to say; not so easy to do. What say you?


5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Love this! Talked Sunday about how the world will “(fill in the blank)phobic” tag you as you speak out on issues BUT if we allow God to love through us, most of those tags fade away. Keep up the good work brother!

  2. “The fine line we walk is between compassion and compromise.” Love this, Bill! It truly encapsulates what it means to live as a Christian in a world which has become more and more hostile toward us. We cannot compromise our values and beliefs, but we certainly can love as Christ taught us.

  3. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! As I read your list of what you stand for, I thought that this is a list that reflects the culture of life. Life in all it’s forms is holy and needs protection. Who can protect it, but us? Not by excluding everyone who isn’t like me, but by seeing that the Lord created, and we are the stewards.
    That isn’t what the world says, but it doesn’t make it any less true. The Word is the final say.

  4. Ed says:

    Truth! The fact is that the church (however small it’s numbers really are) stands for a whole lot more than what you listed (though there is nothing wrong with your list). Yeah, showing the love of God is the first step, but His righteousness is so important too! We can, and should, show tough love, but spilled over with mercy.

  5. floyd says:

    With you, Bill. That compassion and compromise quote is awesome.

    For so long the church has been about rules, which completely misses the boat and heart of our Savior. It’s about His heart in us changing us so that our lives are a manifestation of His grace.