This is my line in the sand.
If you believe that I, my children, or anyone else that chooses, for whatever reason, to decline medical interventions, to exercise our God given right to decide how we are going to take care of our health, that we are somehow less entitled to human rights – right to an education, to work, to fully partake in society, to travel, to receive medical care as we see fit, etc;
that the government, businesses, or other people are justified in discriminating against us;
that we are a risk to society, or a hazard to your health;
then I want nothing to do with you. It’s that simple.
I can not consider a nazi a friend. And that is what you are if you believe such things.
It is not “unchristian” to make such a bold statement. On the contrary, it is Christian to do so.
Because standing up and saying “No. That is wrong.” is what we are called to do as Christians.
To stand up for the human rights, dignity, and respect of EVERY person is the Christian thing to do.
Charity is not forced. Coerced charity is abuse.
To say you must endanger yourself to “protect” another is sick and twisted.
Martyrdom is not forced. Coerced martyrdom is murder.
Coercion is evil. To strip people of their rights and jobs unless they comply is coercion.
“To believe we can be faithful Christians and at the same time never alienate anyone is to ignore the fact that even Christ Himself alienated some people (see, for example, the interaction between Jesus and His hearers in John 6). Can we do better than Christ did? Such alienation is not intentional on our part, but it is inevitable.
If then, we faithfully expose the truth, they may choose to alienate themselves from us, too. This is not the same as “driving them away,” which is a situation in which we provide the cause of alienation by our carelessness or unkindness.
Unity is founded on truth, and is fostered by a clear exposition of truth. ‘When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to Myself’ (John 12:32).
We do not build unity by our own human plans, efforts, and programs. We build it by lifting up Christ for all to see and hear. We build unity by proclaiming His Word, without ambiguity or apology. Sure, there will be some division for the same reason that there will be some alienation. But the Word itself causes that. It is the division between truth and error, grace and sin, life and death. This division must come before unity is possible; otherwise the unity will be superficial and illusory.” – Father Frank Pavone
I will always be open to conversations and reconciliation. I will keep you in my prayers. But I will not invite you into my life while you hold onto such toxic and hate-filled beliefs.
For Jesus said: “Do you think I have come to establish peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” Luke 12:51