That said, I think we need to make one thing clear in regards to bullying:
To differ is not to hate.
In other words, when you run across a person that does not believe what you believe, it's called a difference in opinion. Do not confuse bullying with people having a mind of their own and expressing varying views in a thoughtful way ... when you do, it cheapens the entire notion of what true bullying is and makes you look downright silly.
-Following the Leader:
There is a motto that I live by. "I am Following the Leader."
In John chapter 8, we find Jesus in a predicament that I am sure would have left most of us tongue-tied. A women was caught in the act of prostitution and brought before Jesus with a hair raising question. "The Law says to stone fornicators, what do you say?"
After a Bob Ross moment in the sand, Jesus says, "Go ahead and throw your stones; as long as the person throwing the stone is without sin."
One by one, each man walked away...
Who was left was Jesus alone with the prostitute...
(Can you imagine witnessing this scene!!)Instead of insulting her further, He sent her away with a message: "Go and sin no more."
Here, I believe, Jesus has set the gold standard when dealing with sin.
He both (1) embraced the girl and (2) confronted her sin.
---Is this bullying?
I will not even take the time to answer that question.
But what I will say is that when the Bible is clear on a matter, whether it be homosexuality or heterosexual issues outside of marriage (which are equally condemned in the Scripture just as this current issue) ,we are called to follow The Leader.
This means juggling the pattern lived out & taught by Jesus in John 8. Many use the phrase, "hate the sin, love the sinner." Call it what you want, I call it following in the footsteps of Jesus. And if this is perceived as wrong, then I have to be OK with that. I will always choose to walk the trail blazed by Jesus over a shifting world made of shifty people.
Saying this, I would like to make a confession about bullying.
I do believe that Christians have handled the issue of homosexuality poorly (generally speaking). Gandhi has been quoted as saying, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Although this quote was uttered during a different time and place, unfortunately it applies today and many in the homosexual community would agree wholeheartedly with Gandhi here.
-So I would like to apologize for all of my brothers and sisters in the Lord that only half-get-it and walk around like their is a pew stuck up their butts.
Instead, look to the real thing.
I am the first to admit that I get it wrong a lot.
That is why I spend time pointing people away from myself and toward Jesus.
In conclusion, I believe this post has led to a challenge:-Follower's of Jesus, don't just sit back and choose to follow God's Holy Law and forget to follow the Royal law of Love. The 2 were never meant to be separated.
-For those that find people disagreeing with you. Use wisdom to decide on whether you are being bullied or not. Not everyone you meet is an ignoramus just because they do not agree with you.
--I hope you enjoyed this post!