Judgment is just so easy. Seriously. It takes almost no effort for me to look at someone or something else and pick it apart. I can spot the flaws, see where others are wrong and unilaterally declare myself right and thus better than them.
Hello, pride, please vacate the premises.
The truth is that there are a lot of people in this world with a lot of differing ideas. Jesus is Truth and yet he took the time to listen to others and consider their opinions and experiences. He would correct (and even rebuke) those that were wrong, but he still listened.
My hope is that we would be gracious enough to listen to those who see the world differently than us as we grow to look more like Jesus and less how we used to.
Do you ever go out of your way to talk with someone who believes something different than you?
When was the last time you read or watched something to learn from a different perspective?
Have you ever read or heard a story that rattles you?
Recently I read a very well-written post by an atheist entitled What I Want Christians to Understand. In it, she recounts a story of a Christian who used her influence in a harmful way, posting an altogether uncalled for comment on a murdered woman’s Facebook Page. This Christian has since issued an apology, but that doesn’t change the fact that the damage has been done.
As I read through the post, my heart broke that people are treated this way.
Our world is filled with people from all backgrounds and belief systems. People of every skin tone and socio-economic status live in this country. Whether you believe in Jesus, Muhammed, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or nothing at all, you have a soul and are a beautiful creation.
Probably the thing that upset me the most was how Christians…
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