Monday, November 5, 2012

honoring difference

Good evening friends,
I'm sure you've heard this from many people already, but please make sure to vote tomorrow. The polls open at 6 am and close at 9 pm, but it's important to make a plan to get there. Today's reading reminds us that in the community of faith there are many differences of opinion. It's important what we think and believe, but there are many areas where faithful Christians will not agree. It's not our job to judge others; that's God's job. No matter what we agree or disagree on, we are all brothers and sisters. Especially in a divisive time in our nation and denomination, it's important to love each other and to heal division as often as we can. Pray, love, vote.

God bless,


Romans 14:1-13
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. 5Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.

7We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” 12So then, each of us will be accountable to God. 13Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another.

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