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We can show that Christian love is deeper than our differences

Editor, The Beacon:

I am saddened by the divisiveness I observe among my friends, many of whom are Christians, on social media. There are several issues (the border wall, standing up for the national anthem, and the list goes on) in which we have now pinned people into taking either a “you are with me” or “you’re against me” stance. Some of my friends are so angry.

What happened to Christian empathy? What happened to seeking to try to understand someone else’s experiences that may have led that person to think differently from you?

My husband, Frank, and I don’t agree on everything. For example, we don’t necessarily agree on politics. But what I admire about Frank is that he has always sought to understand my beliefs and how my experiences may have shaped my beliefs. I have done the same with him.

What would change if we had more conversations with each other, rather than labeling each other as “the right” or “the left” and making assumptions about them based on these assigned labels? Perhaps, we would discover as Frank and I have that we actually have more in common than what divides us.

I have concluded that just because someone does not share the same beliefs I do does not mean that person is evil or any more sinful than I am. Satan would have me believe that folks who don’t share my beliefs don’t deserve my love or compassion. Why?

Because while Christ is the embodiment of unity, Satan is the author of confusion. Nothing gives The Evil One more joy than to see Christians hurting each other and calling each other names on social media.

After all, social media is a powerful tool that can be used to spread disunity if you choose to use it that way. Nothing drives away a would-be believer more than to see us behaving this way.

Have you considered that these divisive issues actually present an opportunity for us to show that Christian love is so much deeper than what we argue about on social media?

Don’t allow differences to pull you from your fundamental Christian mission, which is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

You don’t call your neighbor names; rather, you show compassion. And, who is your neighbor?

Read Matthew 25:31-45. You will note it is not a requirement for your brothers or sisters to share your belief system for you to love them. I have had to remind myself of these verses when I chose to serve and love on those who called me a nigger behind my back. It’s not my intent to sound self-righteous. I’m not perfect; sometimes my anger gets the better of me too.

I am just asking that you think before you post: Choose to use social media as a powerful tool to spread messages of unity and love.

Thanks for hearing me out, even if you don’t agree with me.

Ericka Burroughs-Fournier

Deltona

 


Mr. President, show us photos of the dangerous caravans

Editor, The Beacon:

Mr. President, show us the pictures.

The United States has the best, most sophisticated reconnaissance capability in the world. Our aircraft and space systems have high-resolution cameras that can see the smallest objects on Earth from high altitude. Some can zero in on an ISIS jihadi in Syria, exposing the type of watch he is wearing.

With our current “crisis” on the southern border seeming to justify deployment of troops of the most powerful military in history, there must be thousands of photos of the dangerous caravans threatening our country.

The president’s desk must be littered with incriminating imagery of the looming “threat,” showing manacled lines of enslaved women being dragged along behind and armed MS-13 hoods lurking on the fringes. This proof should be on every newspaper’s front page across the country.

In the 1960s, using far less capable cameras, we were shown Russian ships approaching the Caribbean and missiles arrayed for combat in Cuba.

Since then, during every situation requiring the use of American military power, we have been shown the proof by our military and political leaders.

Mr. President, convince me and my doubting friends and neighbors that your “crisis” is not merely another of your many exaggerations or just a manufactured stunt to fulfill an ill-thought-through political promise. Show us those photos.

Lee Downer

DeLand