Where Does Bigotry Begin?
I find it difficult to reconcile where personal belief stops and true bigotry begins. What I do see is the likelihood that Paul would have sold tents to anyone who wanted one even to someone who believed differently than he did. During this time he would have shared what Jesus did in hopes that they would have accepted the good news.
Does this sound a little different than what some Christians are choosing to do today? Can we equate the denial of services to the African-American people with the denial of services to Homosexual couples? If so, why aren’t more Christians stepping up to the plate to share the good news of what Jesus their Lord has done for all?
In Acts 15, some of the early Christians who were mostly from a Jewish background thought that if non-Jews wanted to be Christians that they needed to do many of the Jewish traditions, yet in the end it was decided that they should avoid a few practices that were associated with the pagan culture of that time.
The ultimate question is how to decide what Christians should avoid because if the cultural implications and what is permissible.