When Beliefs Collide!
We live in the United States of America, the greatest country in the world! Democracy is the answer to all of the world's problems! Capitalism is the only truly successful economic system in the world! Christianity should be the only world religion!
I am sure that you believe part, most, or all of the above. You believe it because you live it -- you have been raised believing it. It is us.
How about, "Abortion is never an option!" or "Gays are going to hell!" or "The only excuse for divorce is adultery that results in sexual intercourse outside of marriage!" or "If you are not a born-again Christian, there is no way you will be in Heaven!" or "The Seventh-day Adventist Church has all the truth about God, Jesus, Second Coming, and State of the dead!"
These and other generalizations all smack of elitsm, that is, "We're better than you because we know more than you!" This is a recipe for disaster becsause you will always find someone better than you and who knows more than you! It is at that precise moment that you experience the collision of beliefs. What you do do? Throw out everything you have been taught? Some do. Quit practicing certain beliefs? Some do. Throw out the baby with the bath water? Some do.
I believe there is a solution when beliefs collide. The solution when beliefs collide. The solution which Jesus introduced was, "Don't Judge Others!" You are freed from having to decide who is worthy, correct, or righteous! Free at last! Free at last!
*There were some technical issues with the recording of the sermon this week. You will be missing approx. the last 5 -7- minutes of the sermon.