Churchill was correct - when we stand for something, someone will always find fault with what we stand for. Why? We don't all have the same perspective of things in this life and as we venture toward taking a stand for something, someone else will say that isn't the right thing to stand up for. It is human nature to disagree on some points, but there are some we simply cannot disagree about:
1. We are all human beings, deserving of respect, love, and compassionate understanding. Our "stand" may not always agree, but the similarities we share should cause us to reach out to each other in love and respect. Do we have to agree to respect the fact we are all members of the human race, uniquely different, but awesomely similar? No. Do we have to agree to understand the heart longs for contact with something outside of itself? No. Doe we have to agree to realize there are hurting souls, struggling to just know they matter to someone? No. We just have to remember how Christ demonstrated his love toward us - not judging us for our sin, but embracing us in spite of our actions.
2. We aren't always going to see life through the same set of eyes, interpreting it the exact same way. Yes, there are things we will not and should not compromise, but there are ways to not compromise and still love the one who doesn't exactly see things the way we do. It takes more effort to learn to love another than it does to say we cannot stand their way of life, but it is exactly what Jesus did on our behalf. He may not have condoned our compromise, but he never stopped reaching for us!
3. We might actually make "outcasts" of some by the labels we apply and the attitude we form toward that "label". "Slow", "Dim", "Loser", and the list goes on. All labels, but are they really suggestive of the real heart of the individual "behind that label". If we would just understand we probably struggle the most with what we understand the least, then we might not be a quick to place labels upon anyone in this world. Just sayin!