Notes from the Pastor
You can disagree with someone and love them.
You can disagree with someone’s opinions and love them.
You can disagree with someone’s actions and love them.
You can disagree with someone’s lifestyle and love them.
As the discussions about UMC disaffiliation (see following
newsletter article by myself) continue, loved ones’ issues arise
while discussing these matters. Loved ones who are gay, or
practicing an LGBTQ+ lifestyle, make disaffiliation for some
unsavory. Disagreeing with someone’s lifestyle and/or
orientation can feel as though we don’t love them.
Yet, you can disagree with someone and love them.
Jesus told the crowds to love their enemy (Matthew 5:44).
Enemies are people we often don’t agree with.
Jesus also told us to love Jesus above all other people
“ Jesus looked at him and loved him” and then told the rich
young ruler to lose everything for Jesus. (Mark 10:21) Jesus
loved him and disagreed with his opulent lifestyle.
There are many aspects of my sister’s life I don’t agree with,
some of which do not line up with the Scriptures. But I love her
and work on keeping up our relationship.
The question each of us to investigate: what is God’s desire when
it comes to the practices of the LGBTQ+ lifestyle?
Why? You can disagree with someone and love them
Because of Jesus
Pastor Brian Keller
Mercer United Methodist Church
250 East Butler Street Mercer, PA 16137
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