I really love people.
Most of the time.
Sometimes I think they’re jerks.
Most of the time I’m the jerk.
But here’s the thing, I see a lot of un-love, especially in the online world where it’s easy to say what we want behind a screen. We can “unlike” someone we disagree with, and we can tell them so (“I’m un-liking you, so there!”). And really, would we talk that way in real life? Over coffee? Would we get up and say, “I don’t like that you said that, dislike! Goodbye!” I don’t think so.
Here’s another thing, let’s give people the benefit of the doubt. Let’s believe the best about someone (I constantly have to remind myself to do this because I’m terrible at it). If I tweet a link to an article written by a gay Christian, can we all just assume I think the article is worthwhile and I’m not necessarily endorsing everything on the blog? Can I share articles and quotes and thoughts from those who may vary wildly from me? Or maybe they don’t. Or maybe it doesn’t matter because I’m not the authority, God is. And maybe even though I’m a leader or an influencer (and even a teacher, which keeps me trembling), I’m also a person who is figuring out my way and will never have it together until heaven, which is why you need to take everything I say (or anything anyone says) and compare it with the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Also? No one has cornered the market on truth; we humans, we’re fallible. Quite.
We will all stand before Him one day, not before each other.
“…God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
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