Umm, yeah. Crazy.
I love Jesus. I do. And I want to teach my daughter to love Jesus, too. I want her to meet this awesome Power that has literally changed my life. I want her to know that her being an intellectual, a critical thinker, is not, in any way, at war with her being a woman of faith. But recently, as I’m subject to such foolishness as this, I find myself wanting to teach her that she can love Jesus without hating anyone else.
Does my faith teach me that there are certain behaviors and ways of living in this world that align with the will of God and others that don’t?
Sure it does.
Is it okay that there is (or at least should be) a way of living that followers of Christ are asked to adhere to that is significantly different from societal and/or cultural norms?
I’d like to think so. The early apostles who preached Jesus in the midst of Roman rule and Greek philosophical perspectives are models for this very thing.
But so many of my fellow *cough* brothers and sisters (hey, the ignorant need grace too!) have jumped the shark in their efforts to rep for our Lord.
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