My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted? (James 2:1-4).
Public opinion can really throw us off if we let it, can't it? But we have to refuse and refrain from being tossed to and fro in the wind. We have to focus on what Jesus would have us to focus on, and that is love. It doesn't mean walk around with a pie-in-the-sky mindset. It simply means to walk around thinking of the next person -- no matter who he or she is and no matter what he or she looks like. Make sense?
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