"Compromise where you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say 'No, YOU move'."
I love all my friends, family, and coworker's and I enjoy being apart of your lives. I don't ever want to misrepresent Christ to any of you. I do, however, disagree with many of you in lots of ways. It is rare to agree with anyone on everything, as much as I may care for you all.
I don't like a lot of what I see in the world today in the news. I could flip out and go off on the world all over Facebook, and sometimes I really have to fight the urge to do so, but I don't post because I know that, making an effort to live peaceably with others, is sometimes more important than making it known publicly that what I see in the news is frustrating me.
There are issues, believes, actions, lifestyles that I firmly believe are very wrong and misguided. Things most say are right, I know are wrong. I won't change my mind on any of that. I will stand my ground and plant like a tree. I believe the word of God is living and active and 100% true. I see the Bible taken out of context to try and discredit it and that bugs me a lot.
Recently at church and at life group we talked about Paul and Silas getting locked up in prison for their beliefs and read that passage in the Bible. Do you know what they did? They sang worship songs. They didn't freak out or lash out and throw a temper tantrum about how screwed up the world is, they trusted that God was still in control and He had their backs. They worshiped God and the jailer and his whole family ended up committing their lives to Jesus Christ because of it.
I'm frustrated at the ways I see the U.S. and the world changing, but I'm not gonna freak out. I'm gonna keep on trusting God. I'm gonna keep on loving in spite of the disagreements. But I am also going to stand like a tree on issues that matter. I'm gonna do so rationally and consistently.