I was born with a feistiness my parents couldn’t spank out of me.
So I completely understand (read: even enjoy) when good, healthy debate gets started on this blog. I write about politics, faith, and all of the other things you mama told you not to mention at dinner. So just don’t eat your dinner while reading my blog and it’ll out work out *grin*
In all seriousness, I welcome ALL points of view in the comment section. I do not believe in editing or deleting comments unless they are an attack on another reader, in which case I will be forced to delete the comment. But other than a direct attack, I want to hear from YOU – even if you and I don’t agree or you think the bulk of the other readers won’t agree with you- its ok! please still comment! Even in a disagreement people can gain understanding, which I think its a really understated gift. And plus, we usually surround ourselves with people who only feel like we do…so you’d be doing the rest of us a favor by teaching us to try and understand a different perspective and how to love someone in the midst of disagreement- let’s be honest, we could all use some challenges and some stretching.
The guidelines for posting on this blog are simple and based on something Jesus said. (And even if you aren’t a Christian, the principle is still good):
When He was asked what the greatest commandment was, He first to love the Lord with all ones heart, soul and mind. And secondly to love one’s neighbor as himself. He said that every other command in the whole Bible is built upon those foundational ways of relating.
So keep in mind, believers, that even if you think someone is wrong based on the Bible, if you aren’t loving them (as you would yourself! tall order!) when you respond you have essentially kicked the legs right out from under your argument. Jesus also warned that (again, for believers) hating someone is the same murdering them in your heart.
With that said, there is no room for soul- judging or name- calling or offense language here.
If you feel you are unable to abide by the law of loving your neighbor in your comment, please do not comment. Not sure about your comment? Compare it to the “deeds of flesh” and “fruit of the spirit” listed below, and I think that will clear it up for you.
So, go ahead! Be feisty and passionate and share you thoughts- just don’t malign your neighbor in the process!
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.