As a Christian for more than 40 years, I am heartened by Governor Brewer’s courage in vetoing SB 1062. We, as Christians, have no authority to judge anyone and why the need to judge others is so prominent in our society is very disturbing to me. Anyone who chooses to accept and follow Christ as their savior has only grace. There is nothing anyone can do to earn their way into heaven. We are all equally guilty.
All discrimination, hatred and violence are born of fear. When Christ abides in you, fear is already conquered. We are reminded of two things, *judge not least you be judged and *be not a respecter of persons. Just because you allow a sinner to sit at your table does not mean that you approve their sin; you’re sitting there aren’t you? We are called to *love our neighbor as ourselves. Who among us would turn ourselves out hungry, naked, thirsty or injured? Christ would sit with a homosexual individual or any other sinner and instruct and give offer of redemption, how then can we do anything less?
We were also warned that *we would be persecuted in the last days just as the apostles were in the first century. It’s not going to get easier, brothers and sisters. We are called to *stand firm till the end. Any man made law should be weighed on Christ’s scales and should stand only if it furthers the overall good of society’s spiritual enrichment. If we do anything less we fail humanity.
Any hotbed topic seems to bring out the worst of everyone standing firm on all sides of the issue. Instead of shouting our own ignorance to the world, I believe it is much more prudent to sit quietly controlling our emotions and listen intently to another’s view point, even if it is a complete 180º from our own. Only when we fully understand and can listen with empathy and wait for spiritual calmness are we able to keep wickedness at bay.
Pray for one another, encourage one another, gently admonish one another, and uplift those who are hurting in any way are all worthy endeavors. We would do well to take each to heart and practice them instead of stomping around in boisterous holier-than-thou rages of self-righteousness. (*all Biblical references above are paraphrased from the King James version of the Holy Bible)