Words that hurt and words that heal

Jeremiah 23:29

Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Luke 12:49 

Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth.”

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I must admit it: there are times when I truly resonate with the sentiment, “Can’t we all just get along?”. I hate confrontation and fighting. I try to avoid conflict if possible. I strive for peace and harmony in my relationships and in the relationships of those around me.

But there comes a time when we must express our grave concerns, disagreements, and opinions – even if it ruffles feathers. It seems to me that now is such a time. While the Supreme Court of the United States did rule to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states of the USA, our right to express our beliefs have not been taken from us. And even if they have, there is a time to say, “We must obey God rather than man.”

I don’t like conflict. I want to be a pleasant fellow, a good neighbor, a peaceful citizen. But that desire must take a back seat whenever the choice is between denying my Savior, or being stifled in my convictions on the one hand and just getting along on the other hand. I don’t need to be ugly. I don’t need to resort to anger (cf. James 1:19-20). But in the end, I must obey God rather than man (cf. Acts 5:29)

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