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With all the uncertainties that we are all facing in the world right now, I have noticed that a lot of people are disrespecting each other and that saddens me a lot because I don’t believe that’s what what God expects of us.
People seem to forget that we have a lot more in common than we care to admit, which is a shame because God doesn’t want us to destroy each other, but to love and understand each other.
What is the most important word in this sentence is “and.” We must realize that we must have both love AND understanding.
For example, one of the things I had to deal with growing up was that people were always questioning my taste in music. I have always enjoyed listening to music, in fact I believe music is one of the greatest gifts we are all blessed with in our lives.
The problem has always been the kind of music I listen to. Now I like to listen to all kinds of music, but my main choices have always been rock, metal and hardcore. Needless to say, it didn’t go so well with some of my fellow Christians.
That being said, I listen to a lot of big names, like Metallica, AC/DC, etc. But ironically, there are a lot of bands that I like to listen to that talk about coming to Christ and having faith in him. Bands like Stryper, Skillet, POD, Demon Hunter, Love and Death and so on have really made a big difference in my life and I thank God every day for that.
Some people have asked me why I was listening to this and even asked if I think that’s why I’m so depressed?
That’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the church for a long time. But that only strengthens my Faith with Christ. I had a conversation with my Uncle Rick one summer and he mentioned the four gospels of the Bible (Matthew, Mark, John and Luke). So I went back and read them all and what I found was that Jesus can relate to everything I go through.
I read how people came to Jesus and questioned many things he was doing and it made me love and appreciate even more what he did for me and for all of us. Now, is that exactly what I was going through, no. But at the same time, no one can deny the similarities.
One of the things I noticed was that Jesus answered the questions with another question. He told stories like the Prodigal Son, where the youngest son throws away his fortune and comes home and is welcomed by his father while the eldest son was upset with the festivities.
What I like is that no one can identify with the three people in the story. We all have our times when we wanted to go enjoy life like the younger son, but there comes a time when we realize that’s not always what it is and we want to be forgiven.
Then there is the Father who is just grateful that the younger son is back even and healthy. I don’t have kids myself, but I can relate to that because there’s been a lot of friends and family who went through a rough time in their lives and then they come back and I’m so thankful they’re okay.
And of course the eldest son who was upset that he was still around and never got in trouble and was frustrated with how someone could throw everything away. There have been many times where I have seen people who have done bad things and yet seem to have all the luck and I am like that. Why? You don’t see me doing anything wrong and yet I’m moved.
And that’s the point I’m trying to get across. Just because someone does something different doesn’t make them less of a Christian. In 1 Peter 4:10-11, it says that God has given each of you one gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
May God bless each of you and know that he is with us every step of the way.