I was talking with my brother about healthy foods Sunday. Pineapple came up and he raged about how high it is in sugar. My response (and belief) is that anything God made for us to eat is profitable for us to eat. He went into a crazy rant about my bringing God into our conversation (as he says, "as usual!") and raged off. He came back an hour later as though the conversation didn't happen.
My husband was critical that I had caused the scene as I didn't honor my brothers request to "leave God out of it!" (sound familiar...as in, this is what our whole world wants to do, omit God from everything we do, say, think, etc!)
From my perspective, most of the time, I think about God and fit God into my thoughts concerning what I am talking about. When it comes to food, God is the Creator of that too, and often, the foods we (mankind) have created are harmful to our bodies, as we load them up with sugar, preservatives, and so forth...but God's foods are perfect, if we just eat them.....So I was only expressing my perspective, which I agree, varies from his.
If speaking about marital problems, a Christian would first think, "God's Covenant" and be very careful to encourage another towards their single mindedness. If we aren't a Christian, the perspective of the speaker is on the "self," with the covenant union being secondary.
My point is that I have trouble talking with my brother as I have scriptures rolling around in my head and God on the tip of my tongue, and he is from a completely different mindset, considering his own ways and thoughts to be superior to anything I can contribute, as my thoughts are "bought in to....as though brainwashed and not thinking for myself."
I know he is under conviction and his reaction is anger. He rages as he asserts his disbelief of Christ. He tells us he believes in "a god" and knows there is one, but he is not buying the Jesus as Savior thing. His wife reaches out to me sometimes concerning this, and we are both praying for him, but he only rages when the issue comes up, so of course, we try to avoid it like the plague.
How are things with Adam and Nathaniel?