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how would you respond?
January 27, 2009

How Would You Respond?
Salt & Light Volume II, Issue 3 by D. Scott Prindle

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44).

We received the following email this week...

kathy griffin

How would you respond?

One of our sons replied with his thoughts. It was a "heart check" for us. We think it is worth sharing with you as a reminder that our hearts determine what others see.

As you are in the Marketplace this week remember Jesus' words when confronted with people who may "hate, spitefully use you and persecute you."

Here is our son Benjamin's (Happy 21st Birthday) reply:

"Kathy used her 'hate speech' as a vent. Most likely she was mistreated and hurt in the past by 'Christians'.

"Our response should not be disappointment in her for her beliefs, but disappointment in the Church for the actions we have and continue to do that drive people like Kathy away from the Gospel of love."

"Rather than boycott we need to be praying. If Kathy eavesdropped this e-mail, she would be even more enraged with Christians and Jesus, driving her even farther away from the Gospel's message."

"But imagine if she eavesdropped an e-mail that talked about how a whole community of believers was praying on her behalf. Praying that peace would come to her and her heart would soften and understanding."

"That quite possibly would shatter her worldview on who or what Christians are, because at the moment she probably sees us as illogical hypocrites (which unfortunately is how most of us 'Christians' really are)."

"Let us change the world through Christ, not judge it with the corruption of man. Let us love as God loves. Pray."

~A follower and lover of Christ Jesus--Savior of the world~

Love Never Fails,
Scott & Laurie Prindle

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