Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I had a great visit with my mom and sister over the last few days. They were visiting for the weekend so they could see my handsome son. I love when they come visit because it guarantees I will get out of my pj's and brush my hair for multiple days in a row. I also appreciate the time with them because it challenges me to really "walk the talk" and think about why I believe what I believe.
My family are wonderful people, but they are not "church-goers". I am not sure where they stand with Jesus, but I think it is safe to say that they don't talk with Him on a daily basis. We live very different lives. Mine is pretty simple. Most of the people I socialize with share the same beliefs and values I do. My mom and sister socialize with many different people through work and school. So, we have different views on certain issues. We had some good discussion (I thought) about two topics: homosexuality and denominations.
It was such a good reality check for me to think through these topics. Often I wonder if I am becoming just another "religious" person. So to discuss things brings me back to the heart of God. I thought both issues were going to bring out my "judgemental" side, but felt like God really helped me convey that I am not being judgemental and either is He. I tried to make it clear that God loves everyone, but he doesn't love everything we do. That when we make choices that are contrary to the way He created us, that in the end it is "us" that lose.
I often wonder how I can cultivate more friendships with "non-christians". How do you do it?