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    Re: Would you STOP being friends with someone if they revealed

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Thanks for the explanation.

    I'm sorry to say that I think you're making a ginormous mistake.
    Religion can really screw people up in bad ways. This is sad.
    I understand how someone could come to your conclusion, but -respectfully- I think it comes from mis-ordered priorities. My desire to get along with / maintain a good relationship with everyone I love and have a life free of conflict and emotional difficulty has to bow before Christ. Valuing something higher than Him would be... idolatry.

    This also frees me in incredible ways to reach out to people. You deliberately (and, understandably) struck out the options of someone who was sexually abusive in your OP; but starting from the position of trying to follow Christ has allowed me to maintain and even reach out to people who are broken with that sin; I don't have to excuse their actions or find their deeds acceptable to build a relationship with them. In some cases, I've even been able to help (both perpetrators and victims).

    Jesus was a friend of Sinners. But He also brooked no abuse of faith by those in a position to do so.

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    Re: Would you STOP being friends with someone if they revealed

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Well, to make it intensely personal, my little-sister-by-choice (we were basically raised together as children, though we weren't related), who is also a lifelong friend of mine decided (and yes, it was an observable decision) she was a lesbian in college, and has since gotten married to another woman.

    I love her deeply. But she will not be part of my children growing up, because she also claims to be a Christian (if she claimed the title of Secularism, this would not be an issue). I can lend my credibility as a Christian and a parent to the notion that we can and should have relationships with those whose lifestyles we don't agree with (we, too, are sinners); I cannot lend that witness to an abuse of the faith. I would be saying with my actions that this was acceptable for Christians, and that I must not do.

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    Hmm thats an interesting answer.

    So you feel she "decided/chose" to be gay/bi?
    How do YOU observe such a thing about HER?
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