i haven’t written a blog post in over a year, and it has been even longer since i posted anything other than a christmas greeting. when i first started this blog in 2005, no one i knew had ever even heard of facebook and the term “social media” was not yet in the cultural lexicon. but as facebook, twitter, and other sites have caught on and become a part of every day life, and with the radio show i was co-hosting “biblical thinking”, i sort of let the blog go. i was also suffering from a bit of writing burn out.

but, i have been thinking lately that i needed a place to flesh out ideas and thoughts that don’t work well on facebook or twitter, and this seemed to be the best place for that. so here we are.

i wanted to have a place to have a “one stop” access point for articles and opinion pieces on the indiana RFRA bill just signed into law. to say there has been an over-reaction would be an understatement bordering on the absurd. the mainstream media , as well as many outspoken critics on social media have labeled this law as “anti-gay” and “hate-filled discrimination” against the LGBT community. and a casual glance at headlines, social media feeds, and other means appears to show that public opinion has been swayed that direction.

however, facts are notoriously pesky things, and when you look at them, you see that this new law does not single out any group of people for discrimination at all. here are  links to several articles that hash these things out and provide quotable and factual evidence for conversations that may come up in your workplace, school, or facebook wall.

the first four are from papers that no one is going to call “conservative” – notice how often these articles quote from sources who would identify as “liberal”, yet support RFRA

from ross douthat of the ny times

from the wall street journal

from usa today

UVA law professor who supports gay marriage but defends RFRA

the following are from conservative sources, but they quote the actual law and even more sources who are in favor of same sex-marriage, but are nonetheless supportive of RFRA

the american conservative

joe carter

denny burk

regardless, we must remember that we should show love and compassion for all people, and want the best for everyone – even if we disagree with their lifestyle or opinions. we are all people who are fallen and in need of grace, so even while we stand for the truth, we should do so with both conviction and compassion. i close with two relevant quotes:

“The problem is that [the meaning of ‘tolerance’] has changed… It used to mean ‘I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect. Today, tolerant means – ‘you must approve of everything I do.’ There’s a difference between tolerance & approval. Jesus accepted everyone no matter who they were. But He doesn’t approve of everything I do, or you do, or anybody else does either. You can be accepting without being approving.”- rick warren

we can so easily mistake opposition to an idea with opposition to people. nevertheless, we can oppose a person’s deeply held ideas or beliefs while at the same time wishing only good for the person.” – thabiti anyabwile