If Christianity is about serving people who disagree with us, then why should a Christian refuse to make a cake for someone who is not like them? For example, would it be ok for that cake store to refuse to make a cake for a couple that was married for the second time? Would that violate what Jesus said about Adultery? What about making a cake for a couple that had no faith whatsoever? Is it ok to make a cake for an Atheist but not for a couple that is homosexual? Don’t we end up creating a world where only Christians can work for other Christians?
How do we, as Christians, hope to change the culture for Christ? Is it by preaching the Gospel and demonstrating the love of Jesus to people around us because we believe that the Gospel has the power to transform people from within? OR…do we hope to change the culture by passing laws that legislate a pattern of behavior that we find more palatable?"
Keith Giles is on a roll tonight (via gospelofthekingdom)
"True friendship is a sacred, important thing, and it happens when we drop down into that deeper level of who we are, when we cross over into the broken, fragile parts of ourselves. We have to give something up in order to get friendship like that. We have to give up our need to be perceived as perfect. We have to give up our ability to control what people think of us. We have to overcome the fear that when they see the depths of who we are, they’ll leave., But what we give up is nothing in comparison to what this kind of friendship gives us. Friendship is about risk. Love is about risk. If we can control it and manage it and manufacture it, then it’s something else, but if it’s really love, really friendship, it’s a little scary around the edges."
Shauna Niequist, “Cold Tangerines”
"Without you life seems so dull."
A 6 Word Story (via paperhangerrr)