Just because someone is a Catholic it doesn’t make them anti-protestant.
Just because someone drives a Chevy it doesn’t make them anti-Ford.
Just because someone is a man it doesn’t make them anti-woman.
Just because someone likes math doesn’t make them anti-literature.
I recently read someone’s rant that the Salvation Army is anti-gay (presumably because they support traditional marriage). I’ve heard the same thing spoken about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Catholics and all other groups that think marriage is a rite reserved for a man and a woman.
Personally, I don’t like labels. Albeit the use of “gay”, “smoker”, “criminal”, etc.: these labels don’t make a person. The bible is very clear that God created “man” and “woman”. And, when someone goes so far as to label someone as “anti-” based on their interpretation of the person’s beliefs, then they appear to be prejudiced.
In the Book of Mormon it speaks of a time when the people because united. It says there were not “-ites” among them. There were no Nephites, Lamonites, Amonites… none. Then, when the people became wicked again, they started going by the labels again – Nephites, Lamonites, etc. The implication is that labels are not good. They keep people divided.
Of course, a people cannot be united unless they agree on a moral base, and as long as people disagree where their morality comes from, they will never be united. The more wicked the world becomes, the more chasms occur. The old phrase, “Let us agree to disagree”, may work well for treating each other with civility when in each other’s company, but it will never work once they are apart.
One cannot lead a moral life if they have nothing to base their morals on.
I recently heard a talk given by a man who labels himself as an atheist. It was kind of shallow as he couldn’t say what governs how we treat people. All he could say was it was wrong for people who believe in God to impose their teachings on others.
What does that even mean?
I wish the video were live and interactive. I would have asked the man if it is okay to steal my neighbor’s car because it is nice than mine.
I’m sure he would have said, “No”.
And, I would have then asked, “Why not?”.
He probably would have said, “Because it is against the law.”
And the questions would have continued until I surmised the “law” exists because when God gave Moses the 10 Commandments, one of them was Thou Shalt Not Steal.
Let’s bring this back to being labeled as “anti-“. If you want to make things black-and-white by doing such, then ponder this…
If someone does something because God said it should be done that way, then they must be anti-Satan.
Hmmm… I guess I’m okay with that. This only stands to reason that when someone has a problem with a commandment from God, then it makes them anti-God.
Think about it.
Today had an interesting start. I had an early morning appointment with the dermatologist to look at a patch on my arm. After looking at it, he said there’s really nothing to worry about, but we’ll still keep an eye on it over time.
He then looked at a small spot on my face and said it is a good thing I came in for the spot on my arm because the one on my face is of concern and it needs to be removed. He then proceeded to freeze it.
I go back in 4 months to see if that did the trick. In the mean time, I feel like I have a nasty burn on my face.
On the way home I stopped at the Smith Farm to take some photos. I ran in to President and Sister Christianson as they were arriving there with 4 new missionaries straight from the M.T.C.