(quote) Roystan-340472 said:
Is this so?
A law passed to protect a foetus does not respect the free will of a woman who does not believe in the personhood of a foetus. A law passed to deny the appellation 'marriage' to a same-sex couple does not respect the free will of a same-sex couple who see the appellation as mere grammar.
We cannot have our cake and eat it as well.
A fanatic is often someone who believes that the urgency of a situation requires as self-defence for personal safety or the greater good the taking of action that appears, to those who do not see the situation as urgent, as peremptory and harsh. A 'fanatic' would argue that he or she sees the picture truly, while those who 'live according to faith' who see the picture as not as urgent and as allowing for latitude as the misconceived pollyannas. Will God allow disaster to befall the United Sates because of abortion, homosexuality, the liberty (or is it licence) to bear arms, capital punishment, etc. etc.? Are the stones crying out for retribution? It depends on whether your spiritual eyes see things differently from those of your neighbours. This may be because of psychology (Westboro Baptist, perhaps?) or by an explainable difference of opinion.
'Fanatic' is a pejorative used for bad press. People who 'live according to faith' (including the misconceived pollyannas) shift between states of fanaticism, mild concern and laissez-faire according to what their internals are telling them about the issues. And it's quite common for the shifts to occur several times in a day or for people to hold several different states concurrently.
Is there nothing that you are 'fanatical' about?
Wow, not sure how you made the leap from love to law, maybe you have something in your eye?
I am speaking of love as Christ loves. He spoke truth, but did not condemn the sinner. He held the religious leaders to the standard they refused to hold themselves, and even in that was love. When we love as Christ loves, we do not condone sinful behavior, but neither do we look down on those who sin, because we too have sinned, we too have been lost in darkness before we were brought into the marvelous light of Jesus. And if we all encourage and live a culture of love, then there would be no need of laws to protect the unborn child because all women would know Truth. We are all in stages of childhood in our faith and belief system, some mature in knowledge of God, and grow in wisdom faster than others.
I don't think that those who strive to live a life of faith are pollyannas. Quite the contrary, it takes great courage to look at situations with humility and love. I am not one of those people. I too have had to learn about love in the face of wanting to be fanatical and judgmental. But I sit at the feet of the Master and hope the great pity He takes on me will produce good fruit