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Renaissance NerdAugust 22, 2014

I think a difficulty comes in when we are on the fence between 'loving the sinner/hating the sin' and 'approving of sin by appearing to tolerate or ignore sin.' It really is a fine line, and I think a lot of people are apt to err on the side of not approving of sin. It's not always so cut-and-dried as respecting the person; in some cases it's really necessary to SHOW disapproval strongly. However I think such cases are rarer than we often think. In the case of the lady wondering about inviting her sister to a family reunion, I reckon that's clearly a case of 'don't burn your bridges.' However if that lesbian sister then demands, or has a history of demanding that everyone listen to graphic depictions of her lifestyle then the blade cuts the other way. Fortunately though, in most cases it's just not our job, and I'm ever so thankful for that. I would hate to have to judge. So long as I don't have to, I'm happy. I don't want to be forced into a situation where the only right course is to show extreme disapproval of somebody else's sins. I'm happy to let them deal with it, so long as they'll show me the same courtesy.

Wendy RojasAugust 22, 2014

Beautifully written. Nobody appointed us as gatekeepers to judge who can or cannot come to take their place at our Father's table. Our job is to regard any one soul as we regard ourselves. Easier said than done sometimes, but it can be done with love and an eye single to the glory of God.

Cheryl WalkerAugust 22, 2014

While I am in complete agreement with this article, I wonder just where the line should be drawn. Let's take the example of the lesbian sister. Of course, she's welcome to come....she family. But, what about her lover? Always...sometimes....? What if the sister is strident in her opinions concerning those who believe that PRACTICING homosexuality is a sin and she doesn't. It goes the other way....what do you do about a heterosexual relative that brings their lover to the event and "shoves" it in the faces of the family members? I've tip-toed around several situations such as these to the point that I don't want to go myself, because I don't want the confrontation. I would never want to be excluded because of my sins, but I don't hold them as a banner just so I can "prove" the intolerances of other family members.

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