Chapter 5 Put Down Your Stones: Acceptance
p 89 You and I were made to be in the life-saving business.
p 94 We are most scandalized by sins of the flesh. Jesus was most scandalized by sins of the spirit.
p 99 Condemnation and judgement have become so deeply rooted in the human spirit that most of us can't imagine having to function without them.
p 101 People need more than toleration. Bertrand Russell wrote, "A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relationships. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation." (OUCH!)
p 101 Acceptance is an act of the heart. To accept someone is to affirm to them that you think it's a very good thing they are alive.
p 102 This is very important: acceptance is NOT the same thing as tolerating any behavior one chooses to indulge in. (emphasis mine)
Failure to confront, to speak the truth in love, can ultimately be as fatal to community as judgementalism.