More Thoughts on Being a Christian…



Everyone is talking about the supreme court ruling on same sex marriage.

Christians are quoting Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians 6:9-10.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” 

Some are saying,

“Why are we picking on that one sin…what about all the others on Paul’s list, adulterers, swindlers, idolators, drunks, revilers, gypsies, tramps and thieves?”

Still others are claiming that when Paul used the word homosexual he didn’t actually mean homosexual.

How am I, a Christian mother, to respond to the court ruling?

I will respect the law of the land of course, saddened that it no longer reflects God’s law.

And here’s the rub:

Do I expect it to?

I hear my son’s question again,

“Why do Christians think that everyone should be a Christian?”

“I don’t know, something to do with saving their souls?”  I suggest and here begins a whole other conversation!

Carey Nieuwhof


in his article has made me rethink my view of those I share this world with.

He asks,

Why would we expect non-Christians to behave like Christians?

Why indeed I? I shake my head in agreement.

Until now I totally viewed my world and those in it as having the same religious orientation as me…or at least… I expected them to in some way.

Perhaps it all sprang from when I was a Mum teaching my children, passing on my beliefs, praying and worshipping together, sharing the same world view as a family.

Perhaps it also sprang from the homeschool circles I ran in where we knew who Jesus was, claimed Him as our savior and were bound together by a common faith.

Perhaps it has something to do with the episcopal church I used to attend that attracted a counter cultural minority who walked the talk and believed the Word as written in the Bible.

ECUSA (Episcopal Church in U.S.A) has made the decision to support popular demand and side with the supreme court by allowing same sex marriages in their churches.  Nothing counter cultural about that move.

I continue to stand firm in my Christian perspective as an Anglo-Catholic.  I need an authority to measure myself against.

Do my children?

Do my neighbors?

Do my friends?

Carey Nieuwhof says that those of my acquaintance who aren’t the same kind of Christian as me (or not Christian at all) are probably more authentic than I am, because they can truly live what they believe.

Do I truly live what I believe?

“…Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”  says Jesus.  (John 8:1-11)


I can’t throw the first stone…

I judge those around me when their beliefs and values don’t fit in with mine.

After reading this article I am compelled to ponder why I do that?

The only person I should be judging is me…

And if I truly live what I believe and want to keep my children in communion with me I will love them and leave the rest to God.


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