I had an interesting conversation with my 16 year old daughter yesterday about her Psychology class. It seems they were having a heated discussion about lifestyle "choices" some people make and whether this is predetermined at birth or if it is a conscious decision made by each individual.
One of her classmates brought in her Bible and was firing off verse after verse on why this is an "abomination to the Lord," refusing to discuss the actual topic presented. She explained it seemed like it was just this girl taking on the entire class. (She goes to a secular public high school)
"It made me sad to consider myself a Christian", she told me
I'm certain this girl felt she was just standing up for what she believed in. But instead of drawing people closer to Jesus, she came across as closed-minded and judgmental; unwilling to discuss another point of view.
The point of this post is not about the subject matter the class was discussing. It's about being intentional in how we respond, keeping the bigger picture in mind. Sometimes we need to lose a few battles in order to win the war.
Will those kids remember the Bible's point of view on transgender? Probably not. Will they remember a harsh and judgmental Christian? Absolutely.
Sometimes I wonder what could happen if we spent more time reflecting the heart of Jesus and less time reflecting organized/institutionalized religion.