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Found this on the /r/Christianity subreddit. I feel that this still holds true today, as Christians (I’m not talking Westboro, even non-radical Christians) are avidly persecuted each and everyday in a world that claims political correctness and tolerance towards all people. Thoughts?

The atheist can’t find God for the same reason that a thief can’t find a police officer….the thief can’t find the officer cause the thief isn’t looking but God offers Himself to all of us with air that He provides every second of day & night to seek Him…trust me, God does not lie…seek and you will more than find…take heart in that <3

“Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.”

CS. Lewis

If you are Christians, be consistent. Be Christians out and out; Christians every hour, in every part. Beware of halfhearted discipleship, of compromise with evil, of conformity to the world, of trying to serve two masters – to walk in two ways, the narrow and the broad, at once. It will not do. Half-hearted Christianity will only dishonor God, while it makes you miserable.

Horatius Bonar

refreshingthesoul:

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Hey Church,

We need to have a talk about that picture. No, not about the people kissing. We need to talk about that sign. We need to talk about the fact that there is a church building whose sign states that “God does not accept homosexuality, so we don’t either!” in larger print than the announcement that tells people when Bible classes and worship are being offered. We need to talk about the fact that there are people who have no idea what we stand for because so many of us only shout about that with which we don’t agree. We need to talk about the fact that our priorities seem to be dangerously out of whack, so let’s do that.

Seriously, I saw that picture and it just made me angry. Why did it make me angry? Because that’s the church being used to propagate a political belief, one that we don’t all agree on. That sign is the church causing people, real people who need the Lord, to turn away because it makes them feel unwelcome. It makes me angry because it is things like that sign which result in far too many people believing that they are not loved. And when I think about all the LGBTQ people in my life and I think about the fact that so many of them will never step into a church and will never learn who the Lord is because they are constantly being told that God does not accept or love them, that’s not something I can take sitting down.

The idea that a non-heteronormative relationship is a sin is either an opinion or persuasion, not a conviction. When I use the word conviction I use it to refer to the beliefs and values that are essential to a person’s eternal well-being. Convictions are the things that, without, people cannot experience a relationship with the Lord. And what I mean, specifically, by saying this is not a conviction is that a person could be a part of a non-heteronormative relationship and still know the Lord. But how is a person who sees this sign supposed to know that? How is a person, particularly an LGBTQ person, who doesn’t know the Lord supposed to see that and know that they are welcome in His house?

Well, they’re not. Because by placing the things we don’t agree with in big bold letters, and saving the fine print to announce worship and Bible classes, we are telling the world that if they don’t agree with us they are not welcome. And you can say that you’re concerned about their well-being all you want but when a person approaches you and has no idea why you even have a worship hour because you’re too busy telling them what or who you do not accept, I have to conclude that your concern is a load of crap.

People will look at that sign and they will come to dangerous conclusions of what the church as a whole believes is most important. That sign is announcing a political belief to be more important than the gospel. And if you’re okay with that, if you’re okay with people never knowing who God is because you’re more concerned about sharing the things you don’t like, then can you really say you are at all concerned about their eternal well-being?

For the most part, I think we all mean well. I really do. A lot of members of the church see homosexuality as a sin and sin is a dangerous thing. Don’t hear me saying that it’s not. It is, but do you know what is even more dangerous than a specific sin of something like homosexuality? Not knowing Christ is. Not knowing that God loves you and wants a relationship with you is eternally more dangerous than anything else and not knowing often stems from the church using itself to propagate political beliefs over spiritual ones.

Sin is sin, but we can’t force our beliefs on others or it will push them further away from Christ. We must lead by example, by love and faith. If we truly want to spread the gospel, we don’t do it by “punishing the non-believers” or rejecting non-fundamentalists/traditionalists. Bible-thumping and taking verses out of context or taking inapplicable, allegorical passages as arguments against things we merely disagree with lead to more and more disdain and persecution. Events such as this picture and this particular incident break my heart.

I’m not encouraging sin, but we are all forgiven and we must all forgive.

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.
C.S. Lewis (via allheartmindsoul)

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lightingmypath:

“You can keep sinning, and God will just keep forgiving you, no matter what. This is true, but it doesn’t matter, because: you don’t want to keep sinning. Sin has, time and again failed on its promise to satisfy, and God has always satisfied. God isn’t afraid of the bond you have with your sin because He knows it’s already letting you down. You want more, and He wants more for you.”

— Unka Glen 

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If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.
imaginatiofervido:

I found this on a website. It is so sad to think that this image of Christians is what people think of us…
This is another wake up call. Let us live a life that is worthy of the calling which we have received. 

imaginatiofervido:

I found this on a website. It is so sad to think that this image of Christians is what people think of us…

This is another wake up call. Let us live a life that is worthy of the calling which we have received. 

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graceaholic:

Yeah…I’m allowed a rant once in awhile:)

graceaholic:

Yeah…I’m allowed a rant once in awhile:)

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