Let's have the discussion
 Let's talk about the things that matter to us. The problem today is many people want to avoid subjects that could cause controversy is some cases that may be good but in most it denies the free exchange of ideas. I have learned many things from others that don't always share my views on subjects. It was not that long ago that many scholars would spend hours debating subject material with their contemporaries on topics ranging from art to politics to Religion. The tenant being the rich exchange of Ideas without becoming enraged because you may not agree. So here share your thoughts but when you comment make it content relevant and God loving. Remember we as Christian brothers and Sisters must deal with each other in kindness and gentleness as only Jesus would.
Topics that others want to sidestep.
I have had a lot of meetings in my time, and I expected this meeting to be the same open discussion about our Church and our vision and what the city would like us to help with. Well, it was a great meeting, and I enjoyed my time with the city council woman, but in the end, there was the elephant in the room. Religion, "Pastor not everyone would agree with you." on the topic of the end times in the bible. But why avoid the issue? Because not everyone agrees, and my thought was ok let's talk about it. But instead, I got this answer that is why the city does not get involved with churches. Ok, but my conversation is with you not the city, and I am a Pastor what we share is not going to be given to the local paper since, it is your opinion.
   There is a great misunderstanding going on in our country because people are afraid to talk about Faith and Religion. When we sidestep this one issue people can and have gotten the wrong opinion of other people. Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion, but our courts and law makers have used ideas from the past and twisted them so being free to speak of God or one's faith in God is an evil or even possibly illegal act. Folks this is a form of persecution going back to the time of the Apostles when Peter, Stephen and Paul were imprisoned and put to death for teaching in the name of Jesus. The Jewish leaders did not like the fact that what they were teaching about salvation was undermining the authority of the Jewish Sanhedrin. 
   So, why do people sidestep topics on politics and Religion or even sports? Because people's opinions are so strong on these topics it could lead to violence and injury. It's so sad to see freedom to speak about what you hold so dear being quashed by Satan and a fallen world. Give me your thought I promise I won't get upset.  
Posted By: 11/10/2022 1:26:58 PM

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