Sunday, January 29, 2012

Not Eye to Eye But Heart to Heart

We’ve all heard it said—never discuss religion or politics.

Some people have said they are going to quit posting anything political on Facebook. Most people already keep their religious views to themselves.

However, is that the wise thing to do?

Not necessarily. I rarely say anything on Facebook about politics, mainly because I know so little. I keep my thoughts to myself. However, I do have a litmus test. Is the political candidate for or against abortion? I choose the one against.

When the political spills over into the moral, I feel it is my duty to speak up, whether that’s on Facebook, Twitter, or other social sites.

How about religious views? Is it better to keep them to ourselves?

We don’t have that option. We are to tell others of Christ. We are commanded to do so, albeit, with an attitude of love.

I said this the other day after a rather heated discussion. “We do not have to see eye to eye as Christians, but we do have to see heart to heart.” I don’t know if I heard that somewhere (probably), or if it came from my brain. Nevertheless, I really like it.

I realize that words can be and often are misconstrued. Here is a quote from Eternal Springs:

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

I rewrote Kahlil Gibran’s poem, changing the focus to the words I write. Here's my version:

I may house my words in the covers of a book

But they dwell in the house of tomorrow

In the eyes of the readers

Who will see them in their own ways

And not seek to make them fit my conception.

Just as we let go of our children, let them leave the nest, writers must also let go of their words.

Both processes are painful.

Both processes are painful for the same reasons. We know the world will not understand our child the way we do. The same with our words. People will put their own spin on what we write. They do not understand our words in the same way we do.

And this I wish to offer—if you believe I ever say anything that is contrary to the word of God, please let me know. Perhaps I have, inadvertently, and I certainly would need to correct it if I did.

Perhaps I will make mistakes in the future. I am only a marred human and will make plenty of mistakes.

However, there is the possibility I will not agree with you. Perhaps I’ll think what I’ve written is Biblical.

Please tell me anyway. It will be a big help to me and to those reading my words. I do not want to spread false ideas.

Whether I agree or disagree, I promise I will always seek to see heart to heart, whether or not we ever see eye to eye.

(And, if you wish to know more of my beliefs as a Christian, this is the church I attend: Opp Church of Christ)


  1. As long as humans are involved, any endeavor will bring discord and disagreement for nothing on this earth is perfect. Our perfection will come in our next life when we stand before God. As my husband has always said about law enforcement: "There is the letter of the law, and the heart of the law. One should always go with the heart, the intended meaning, not the rigid, inflexible letter." We can apply that to many areas of our lives. And with faith, isn't that what God intended with His laws? We are to keep the heart, the intention, and not the letter as some believe. We should keep the inside as clean as the outside. Heart to heart, if not eye to eye, that is what Jesus would do. After all, He spent a great deal of His time socializing with what Jewish society claimed were blatant sinners. He knew their hearts, and that mattered more to Him. Great post, Sheila.

  2. Jesus ate with sinners,and, because he did, the sinners changed. Jesus never condoned staying mired in sin. He calls us to a higher purpose.

    And, yet, we remain sinners. I always said the difference between a Christian and a nonchristian is that the Christian is striving for perfection. You're right, we'll never achieve it this side of heaven.

    Thanks, Marie!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.