Loving those with whom we disagree

Well, I guess you guys have heard it. It is now legal for homosexual couples to marry in the U.S. If you’re a Christian like me, you’re probably a little confused as to how could this be when our country was founded on “In God we Trust,” yet we’re so quick to turn away from God’s Word. Weird, huh?

Above the law that was recently made and beyond how we “feel” about it, we’re all broken people in need of God’s grace. You may not agree with same-sex marriage (because I don’t), but you can still choose to love others. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors regardless of who or what they were.

Here’s a little story in the Bible that gives a great example of what I’m trying to say.

“Later Jesus invited his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) But when the teachers of the religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with such scum?’

“When Jesus heard this, he told them, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor, sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.’” (Mark 2:15-17)

To sum it all up, this means that Jesus is the hope of the world. Regardless of what or who you are, he’s available to everyone. He accepts whites, blacks, poor, rich, gay or straight.

He desires for us ALL to repent and love others as he does. When we as a nation can embrace the concept of love, we’ll be amazing!

Torian McKenzie is a resident of Richmond County and an occasional contributor to the Daily Journal.