“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
(Reference: 1 Peter 2:11-12 )
[A paraphrase of sorts]
Dear Fellow Christians,
I urge you to remember that while you may live you life out differently from those around you, that does not mean you can label the way they live as “sinful” just because it does align to what your beliefs are. You may think that you are doing the correct thing, but your judgmental nature is warring against the law of love. And everyone is losing out because of it. Live such caring and compassionate lives amongst the rest of humanity so that though they might accuse you of not understanding, but they can never accuse you of not caring. Live such caring and compassionate lives that they might see the compassionate and accepting nature of God and Christ our Lord, and be drawn to God as you are drawn to God.
We may feel we are aliens and strangers in the world, but do not let that alienate you from others. And do not condemn as “too strange” what others feel is natural for them. We are the face and hands of God – let us also have God’s caring heart so that God is glorified by all of humanity. Selah!