I’m on a journey.
I’m on a search.
I’m asking the big questions.
I’m looking for truth.
None of this is probably news to you.
In doing this, I’ve taken a step back.
I’ve tried to gain some perspective by zooming out and seeing things more broadly.
It’s been very helpful and challenging and disorienting.
I’m trying to weigh all the options.
I’m comparing, contrasting and pitting worldviews against each other.
And this is a report back on a certain element of Christianity that I find most compelling.
There really are people who seem to have taken Jesus’ words to heart.
There character is a deep and rich reflection of love, joy, peace, patience, etc.
These people have a patient confidence in God.
These people treat those “on the outside” like they are a part of the family.
They aren’t threatened by contrasting ideas and opinions.
They walk side-by-side with those that disagree with them.
These people, in my opinion, are the greatest form of evangelism.
They aren’t quoting verses trying to forcefully persuade or debate.
They hold fast to their beliefs, but make room at the table for different ideas.
They allow people to wander and they are there to offer a hand when needed.
Even their criticisms or challenges are welcomed and easy hear because they come from a place of compassion and acceptance.
They can be trusted to offer insight because they care more about the person than being right.
I’ve said before that the best people I know are the best people because of their faith.
Yes, the opposite can be true as well.
There are some awful things done in the name of Jesus by people who believe they are following his lead.
But my point is that in the midst of a world that can be very polarizing and divisive, the people who love and accept, even if they don’t condone, are the ones who stand out.
At one point Jesus said to his disciples, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Is it a direct comparison? No.
He’s talking about loving other disciples.
But his point still stands.
Love speaks louder than a logical argument.
If your end goal is to change someone, a better strategy than telling them they’re wrong might be walk beside them.