Statesboro, GA, USA
If we are to address the truth with love, guys, we should probably talk about a few related issues.
For example, since thinking about a sin is just as bad as committing a sin
Your premise is correct.
Western women should stop dressing as if that's ALL they ever think about.
So far so good. Conclusion #1, correct (when western women do dress in this way, that is).
The Muslim concept of hijab is therefore right, while bare bellies and naked heads is wong. Er, I mean, wrong.
This extreme conclusion does not follow from your premise. (Here let me get you a tissue ... Oh, you were born without a nose??)
Of course, we also shouldn't forget our Catholic brothers, either. Anyone here divorced? Sorry, but you, too, are adulters and just as wong (arrg) as someone sneaking off to the nearest Motel 8.
You're right. Though we don't want to fail in our compassion, the subject of divorce is now soft pedaled in our churches and communities. What kinds of things did Jesus say about divorce? Were they closer to "I'm okay, you're okay", or to his cousin John's style?
Shall I continue?
Shall you? I would be shocked if you didn't paint every possible grey, in every thread, to prove there's no such thing as black and white. That's why I won't even comment on the Amish one.
People who don't believe in marriage, hijab, or til-death-do-us-part are never going to be convinced by self-righteous anger.
Perhaps you're right Ron. Perhaps I should examine my heart on these issues. I don't want to come across as always angry. And I certainly don't want to be a hindrance to anyone coming to know the truth ... or give anyone the idea that I'm pretending to be above moral struggles and sins.
But there's a constant theme of yours I am skeptical of, and it's this ... that love and public moral disapproval can't mix. Some of the most loving and inspiring people, biblically speaking, have decried things publicly, and had more love in their pinky fingers, than in you and I put together.
What do you think of John the Baptist? Wouldn't he be a biggot in your eyes? A moralist thug? self righteous? He was one of whom Jesus said was "more than a prophet". Of course you could say that I am no John the Baptist. But couldn't you follow the wisdom and consistency of your Lord, and at least say "Do what they say, but not what they do" when encountering a teaching that's correct in the mouth of someone whose integrity you doubt? And the thing about Jesus and the Pharisees was this: He really knew what wrongs they were doing, he didn't just assume.
It just so happens that we live in a time when both moral words and examples are lacking. I want to be right in both, not just one.