I used to take strong stands for and against issues. In fact, those stands pretty much made up who I was. If someone didn't agree with my stand, I'd debate to defend it. If I couldn't win the debate, I'd wash my hands of those who disagreed with me. Tolerance wasn't on my radar. I didn't have a clue about grace. And love had nothing to do with real-life issues.
I was annoying, to say the very least.
I've been reminded of my former self over the last few days. I remember filling my Facebook feed with political crap; stuffy, religious jargon; and stands on issues that now make me cringe.
There's a popular romance novel that's been classified as erotic fiction. A Christian blogger has written a post as to why she's not reading this particular book, and has asked her readers to post to Facebook or Twitter that they'll not be reading it either. I've seen quite a few of these posts. It's how I found the blog in the first place.
I don't really have an opinion of the book. In fact, I'd not heard of it until I started seeing the posts and tweets. I might read it; I might not.
What I find interesting is that we as Christians are quick to stand for or against a cause, forgetting that real people are involved. Let's face it: the world doesn't care if we post or tweet that we're not going to read that book. In fact, they're just going to think we're a bunch of holier-than-thou hypocrites, and they're not going to listen to a word we have to say. I don't blame them!
Our message might be well received if it were as simple as love God, and love others. If we actually put that message into action, lives might be changed. I'm pretty sure a post or tweet announcing that we won't be reading a book isn't going to bring a lost world to Jesus.