Wednesday, June 24, 2015

N.B. Forrest and the Confederate Flag.....

So here are my thoughts on the NBF statues and the Confederate flag flyin'.....

In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul is addressing whether or not it's ok to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols.  He tells them that eating meat or not eating meat isn't going to make any difference towards their salvation.  BUT.... he says in vs. 9:

"Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak."

Paul is bascially saying this:  "You know, you have the freedom as a Christian to eat whatever you want, but if it's going to confuse someone else, or offend someone else, then maybe you should just choose to put their feelings over your 'rights'"

Again... Paul reinforces this in 1 Corinthians chapter 10:23:

23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others."

 I keep hearing about our "rights" being taken away, but Jesus didn't walk around claiming his "rights", did he?  On the contrary, it seems to me that Jesus was constantly and lovingly giving up any "rights" he had for the sake of others.

My belief is this:  If that flag is hurting our fellow Americans.... if it's offending people we claim to love as Christian brothers and sisters, then just do the loving thing and TAKE IT DOWN.  Just because we have the "right" to fly the flag, doesn't mean we should do it at the cost of hurting people with it.  It just doesn't make sense to me.  Why would we intentionally want to continue to cause pain to those that it offends???     Same goes for the NBF statues.  

Seems like a no-brainer to me.    Am I missing something here?   Feel free to enlighten me.  I know some of you are dying to.  :-)  

Love y'all.... M

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