Acceptance to me is simply choosing to love or show love to someone even if what they believe doesn’t line up with what I believe. It sickens me when I see people who claim to be Christians, or who are very ignorant Christians, holding up signs saying things like ‘God hates fags’ or ‘your going to hell if you have an abortion.’ I don’t understand how someone who can claim to know the love of Christ and yet treat people with such hate.
What Jesus Said
15 Now it happened, as He was dining inLevi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them,“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Mark 2)
Jesus showed love to people that were Sinning. The only times Jesus ever got confrontational was dealing with the people that thought they were better and holier than others: the hypocrites! In reality, we all have issues that we struggle with; whether it be some sexual sin, substance abuse, lying etc. Your issues may not be my issues but we all have something.
I’m not saying that you can never state your opinion on the matter. I’ve had people ask my thoughts about this or that and I will always tell it as I see it and what I believe to be true but in a kind and gentle Way. At the end of the conversation if they still disagree with me I will continue to be kind to them and keep showing them the same love that Jesus showed me when I was at my worst. Love is better than hate always and the world would be a better place if we could accept and love each other.