I remember as a kid being told that I couldn't watch or read Harry Potter because of the witchcraft. It's incredible the things that triggered Christians after Y2K lol. But now I'm an adult and I have to make decisions for myself. Not based on what people say I should and shouldn't do. Sometimes not even based on how I feel because my feelings can lead me astray. You have to keep going back to the Bible and use that to order your steps.
My last "beat" in Heart Tribes, a part of the Facebook community PeriGirls, I was partnered up with a witch. A tarot card reading witch. I remember loading her information into the Heart Tribes website and being struck by the name of her business, Modern Witchy Woman. Now I am not uptight but typically I don't go running to scenarios that are outside of my wheelhouse. How was I suppose to lead a witch? What was I supposed to say? How would I deal with watching tarot card reading every day? Would she be offended if I said God's name? What to do? What to do? What to do?
Naturally I thought to myself "What would my mother say? What would Grandma say?". I heard Liberty in the background saying "This is perfect opportunity to save a soul" but in my heart of hearts I didn't want to do anything. I didn't want to evangelize or criticize...I literally didn't want to do a single thing. I've got to be honest, initially I felt the sting of "Christian guilt" for my apathy toward evangelism but then I realized something monumental.
When you stop viewing people as charity cases or potential "souls for you to save" and look at them as people loved by God, needing love from you...the act of doing "nothing" becomes one of the most active responses you could humanly muster.
It's easy to love someone who looks like you, acts like you and believes what do you do. It's harder to look beyond the things that baffle your mind and extend love but that's what we're called to do. How ridiculous would your life be if you spent your days actively pushing people away in need of God's love because you disagree with their life choices? Do you agree with everything your spouse does or how about your best friend or your mother? Chances are your family doesn't meet your standards 100% of the time but that's life. We are all beautiful basket cases saved by grace. When you condemn others, there's no room for love and there's no room for gratitude. In spite of being drenched in sin, God showers love on us unconditionally. Grateful hearts who have received love should always default to love others.
I gained a friend and better yet I gained new found perspective. I don't believe that God is calling us to whitewash the world and turn them into Christian carbon copies. I believe He created us uniquely different for a purpose and He is glorified in our celebration of those differences. Give people a chance share a little piece of themselves before you leap to conclusions. As believers we should always leap to love and trust God take care of the rest.