**If you encountered someone who was in the habit of bragging or flaunting the fact that he was an adulterer and proclaiming his adultery as an "identity" of which he was "proud" you would do your best to avoid the company of someone like that. You certainly wouldn't show him respect.**
I would hope that my encounter with them would also contain a confrontation with them (Jesus did this too.), calling them to take a look at their sin and also to look at living outside the sin (The Smaritan Woman story comes to mind.) and then asking them to make a choice.
Their choice then, would be to live in sin or to make a change in their life and to live in line with the rules of God.
I could then respect them as a person while still hating the sin. Belive me, I know; my brother was a homosexual who died of AIDS.
Only God can be the judge.
posted on 07/31/2003 9:41:55 AM PDT
(†With God all things are possible.†)
I'm sorry for your loss. My family has known similar pain.
But when given a negative, even blasphemous response when confronted with the truth - I cannot pretend to respect someone who revels in evil and calls it good.
Love means praying for their souls at that point.
posted on 07/31/2003 9:45:45 AM PDT
(God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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