A study of Israel of old reveals that the problems that GOD dealt with most was for a lack of a better word the dilution of the pure truth of GOD’S commandments.
This was brought about by either brash disobedience or the bringing in the acceptance of other gods and their demands.
Deuteronomy 29:26 is just one of the scriptures that addresses this.
They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them.
What is as bad as or worse than this carte blanche rejection of GOD is the worship of GOD along with the acceptance of Heathenistic practices.
Christians are put upon today by the demands of love to compromise the truth of the gospel in order to accept those who are in our families that oppose the truth.
Their particular life style brings into play the old saying; “Hate the sin but love the sinner.”
Like Israel this is further exacerbated by the fact it is a life or death spiritual relationship with GOD matter.
No one wants to be told they are on the wrong track especially if they have found comfort in their way of living.
Amos 5:10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth.
Whether it is a blood relationship family or an extended family we are a part of, there will in all probability be those who differ from the Christian in the way they live.
Some will believe in Un-marriage or the walk away anytime I want to relationship.
Some have elected to join the Gay community and the list goes on.
Whatever the choices that are made, if they are in conflict with the plain truth of GOD’S word then the common ground to be sought after for harmonies sake must not be allowed to impugn one’s testimony and allegiance to Christ.
Difficult as it is there are some chasms that cannot be bridged which leaves us in a tenable, but uncomfortable position.
Uncomfortable; because the desire for a loving relationship remains.
Matthew 10:37 "Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
This like so many truths found in the bible are hard to grasp until you recognize that the one who is joined unto the Lord has greater capacity for loving than before. He has the ability to love God at a higher level and still not love family any less.
There is one in every family who falls short of the glory of GOD and yet we have strong feelings for them.
The essence of what we should express can be found I John’s words; “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
But one’s soul prosperity depends upon their relationship with their creator. It may seem we do not love them because we reject their breach in the relationship with their maker but Paul says it thusly;
Galations. 4:16 Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?