Friday October 31, 2014

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Blessed are the peacemakers…

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It's pretty tough to say anything about the "Pro-Life/Pro-Love" conversation that's going on right now because of how emotionally polarized this discussion has become. Actual people and their struggles get lost in "positions" so easily that anyone is judged by the first three words out of their mouth. Maybe I could follow up my first three words with these: "love your enemies…then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High God, because He is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked."

Someone has said that it's not only IF you win the argument, but HOW you win that matters. If you win in the wrong way, you still lose. This applies equally whether in a marriage, on the schoolyard, or are arguing about moral issues. When you claim to follow Christ and then resort to tactics like anger, fear-mongering, name-calling and bullying; even if you get your way, you still lose. I know - I've done it. Victory tastes very sour when it's bought at that high of a price.

You know what changes it for me? When it becomes personal. I have good friends, whom I love, who are living all sides of these "issues": N was almost aborted; H is raising his granddaughter; B had an abortion; S is "coming out" and wonders how his family and church feel about him now; M is gay and doesn't know that I know; D & F think that the church hates them because they're in love. When the "issue" has a face, and a heart, the WAY I talk and argue matters.

It seems to me that the Jesus-way of disagreement is the way of nonviolence and sacrifice; of gentleness and non-condemnation. The Jesus way challenges us to take care of "the least of these", take the plank out of our own eye first, and above all, DON'T throw stones.

I'm sure many of you reading this are confidently convinced that you are on the "right side" and fighting for good and justice and so on. I won't try to change your mind - writing a newspaper article isn't a good way to have a discussion. But what I hope to do is remind you that this event has gathered national attention. HOW we have this conversation is as important as WHAT we're talking about. The country is watching, Weyburn. What do you want them to see?


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