i've had a couple hours to think a little more about this and my brain is actually still having problems forming intelligent thoughts on this topic. chad brought to my attention that james dobson had actually commented on this whole issue in his newsletter. when i was searching earlier, i didn't see it. but here it is. so read it for yourself.
i guess i didn't do a very good job of putting into words what i was trying to say, so i'll try again.
in all the articles i read, there's mention of this "tolerance pledge" that says...
"To help keep diversity a wellspring of strength and make America a better place for all, I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own."
i think there's two total exteremes when dealing with these situations. people look at the media in these situations and see that christians are "not accepting" and "haters" and other cruel things. when in reality, we're preaching the exact opposite. in our society, we're told that we need to accept everyone and love everyone because it's "the right thing to do." but we get so involved this idea of diversity and tolerance that we just keep accepting it and do nothing for those who are living in sin. we just keep thinking to ourselves..."we have to love them because we're suppose to." yes, we are called to love them. but better yet, we're called to show them the love of Christ. wouldn't it be better if we went out to where they lived and love them and show them that we don't love them because we were taught by our ever-accepting society, but that we love them because Christ loves them. i'm pretty sure this would be a much better and a more effective message.
but my question still remains...where do christians stand in the huge gray area between diversity and respect and all that other crap that falls into those categories and what we actually teach and preach?