2. That means I use the Bible as my source of ultimate truth and guidance.
"speak the truth in love."
2. In Love: But do not forget how you are going to say/communicate it.
Turning my attention to the Bullies:-When, and why in the world, would you think that beating, hitting, calling hurtful names is going to prove your case?
The only case you are proving is that your are not following the Leader. When you follow Christ, you are called to follow Him. Not the parts of His teaching that you like most. And yes, Jesus was and still does call people to change. He calls people out of their sin...ANY sin. Which includes your hate. So remember to ADD love to your message or you will resemble Luigi.
Finally, as for my stance on bullying: We should focus on the bullies behaviour and not the specific groups that are being targeted. Meaning, people have been made fun of for as many reasons as you or I could ever list...being too fat (me for the first 21 years of my life), too skinny (I wish), ugly, dumb, your race, your economic class, Etc... The point is, it is important not to go to the extreme in what is considered "worse" to bully than what is acceptable. If so, you will open the door to hypersensitivity that borders on insanity.
Let me conclude with a prayer: May God grant us wisdom for times like these. Amen.
"Like Apples of Gold in settings of silver, so is a word spoken in the right circumstances."
-I hope that you found this thoughtful, gracious, and balanced. I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Feel free to leave them in the comments area.