We studied being a contentious person in Bible study last week. We also looked at Romans 14 and had a great discussion that led to a discussion of tolerance and taking strong stands....and the fact that I CAN disagree with your point of view and still be tolerant of you. We discussed how society has redefined tolerance to mean "all positions are equal and you MUST agree with mine".
This discussion came back to me when I read about Sarah Palin's home church in Wasilla, AK being fire bombed and here. Yes, Sarah Palin is from the church and her political views angered many. The fact that she is a woman and a mom seeking political office angered others. The fact that the church held a conference called "Love Won Out" for homosexuals wanting out of their life-style angered many. But WHERE IS THE TOLERANCE???? Or is tolerance of views opposing our own only to be exacted from the Religious Right?
Enough said. My prayers are with the town of Wasilla and the 1,000 members who call Wasilla Bible Church their "home church".