Follow-up to the Last Post on Tolerance

I believe in many ways our country’s idea of freedom is based on the way God treats us. God, all-powerful, all-knowing and present everywhere at the same time does not coerce anyone to believe in Him or follow Him. His Word says, “The Heaven’s declare His Glory,” but we can view the works of His hands and deny His very existence and He will allow that.

All His children will love Him by choice not by force. With that said, though I believe everything I wrote in the previous post, you don’t have to believe any of those things and I will not force my views on you. At the same time, I don’t want you to say I am somehow not allowed to believe what  I do. Or because of what I believe the first amendment to the constitution no longer applies to me!

My belief system has come from years of voluminous reading, studying all the world religions, being willing to consider the thoughts of others from most walks of life. I can respect people with totally different beliefs. I also have great compassion to help people who need it. I’ve fed the homeless, helped build a orphange, given a bunch of money to charity, support two children monthly in Uganda,  spent hours upon hours helping people with addictions, marriage problems, financial problems and basically the gamut of issues covering the human spectrum. I’ve sat with homosexuals and listened to their stories and don’t judge them. I’ve consoled ladies who have aborted babies and now feel the tremendous grief of their choice. All these issues are different when they have a face, when you are in the trenches with them, walking through the pain.

Do some research and you will see the vast majority humanitarian efforts the bulk of charitable contributions done in this country come from the Christian Community.

In earlier years of my life I was a zealot, determined to convince everyone they needed to see things as I do. Now, if through a relationship with you, there is an interest in hearing my thoughts or if you choose to come where I am teaching or choose to view something I have taught online, I hope to be able to reason with you but I can love you whether you agree with me or not.

I really don’t like what I see when people who don’t like what Christians stand for are not willing to reason but just call names and clump all Christians in a group that looks like the haters from Westboro Baptist Church.

The biggest group of Christians I know all over this country just want to have solid relationships, make a positive difference in the sphere of influence, live peaceably and if possible help others come to faith in Jesus, which we believe brings a fuller life that lasts forever.

It is sad when first amendment rights extend to someone who wants to look at porn on a public library computer but not to a Christian who wants to ask God’s blessing on others? Strange world we live in, really kind of sad.



About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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