i my case it comes down to this:
i am a bible believing christian
i refuse to bow to the gods of this world
i refuse to think, act, or believe as they do
i am wrong
i am the hypocrite
i am the "bad" one
i understand where they are coming from.
i really do.
i have compassion on them for their brokenness
i really do.
we all suffer brokenness at times, but the way to healing is not by demeaning others. it is by seeking the healing that Jesus offers.
to my family, and to the world in general
MY LIFE JUDGES THEM
i don't have to say a word. but the way i have lived and continue to live my life causes them to feel judged.
i'm a hater because i refuse to think , believe, or act as they do.
in their eyes i am not allowed to have the beliefs and convictions that i have.
they throw the Bible at me.........satan's most favorite form of deceit!
**love the Lord God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. deut. 6:5
EVERYTHING in my life flows out of this portion of scripture.
i try not to take it personally when i am attacked for who i am.
and who i am is
A CHILD OF GOD!
it is difficult to blame broken people who desperately try to affirm themselves when no one else will.
it is difficult to even defend yourself against those who try to use the Bible as a means to attack rather than a means to convict.
i feel it is God's will for my life to cut the ties. however, i feel it is also God's desire that i continue to pray for their salvation. Jesus came to pay the penalty for the sins of us ALL. but it is up to us to accept the fact that we are sinners in need of a savior.
the bottom line is this:
i love God more than anything or anyone in this world. and i could write volumes on how this can and does impact our lives and relationships.
do i need to get out my Bible and check up on that?
the answer is YES!!
and i do so daily.