The ‘judge not’ and ‘tolerance’ crowd has their own list of favorite sins they cannot stomach… having the wrong religion, for example.
They would say people are ‘free’ to have whatever beliefs they want, so long as those beliefs conform to their own Secular ‘first principles’.
For instance, they expect the rest of us to keep this rule: Thou Shalt Not anger the Rainbow Gestapo.
Oh, how magnanimous of you all to ‘allow’ some of us to carry on with our religious freedoms like that…
But let them find out that you dare hold to the WRONG religion and they unload on you.
It’s no secret that Chris Pratt is a Christian and goes to a Church that believes the Bible really is the authoritative Word of God.
Some people are quick to be offended by that ‘problem’. Here’s Pratt’s Social Media response to the Secular Inquisition:
It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which hates a certain group of people and is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.
Despite what the Bible says about my divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk. They helped me tremendously offering their love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.
My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people. My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.
Yes, people tend to forget that there are other aspects of life and human failing addressed in Scripture besides two dudes bumping uglies. Divorce, for example, is something the Lord put squarely in his crosshairs, and it’s something with which Pratt has had to come to terms in his own life.
Notice how Pratt smoothly turned the conversation away from the failures of ‘those people’ (fill in the blank for whatever offended group that could be taken to mean) and used his OWN failings to point to the goodness of a generous God who loves and redeems people with ‘a past’.
We anticipate that last line will stick in the throats of some people who will insist on Biblical truths not being compromised.
Notice he didn’t say that GOD and CONSCIENCE don’t judge men, he said that other fallible humans don’t do the judging. And frankly, that’s something that can be backed up by scripture.
How many times have the harridan cries of a Pharisee hardened a heart and deadened a conscience so it cannot hear the more subtle tug of the Spirit of God? Remember, for example, the advice the Apostle Peter gave to Christian wives with unbelieving husbands. It wasn’t ‘nag them harder about how scary Hell is’.
No. He gave very different advice. (I Peter 3:1,2 NASB)
Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
The word of the Lord is *not* a fishbat to club those you don’t like over the head with.
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