We need a redo. A toddler time out. A fresh start on how we view and treat people.
Let’s jump right in the deep end. You and I might disagree about abortion, about LGBTQ+ leadership in the church, about ways to resolve racial injustices, about politics. (I am not saying these or other topics are unimportant, and I am not belittling the hard, painful, necessary work of navigating tough issues.) What I am saying is this:
Each person is made in the image of God, equally so.
Each life is God breathed and inherently valuable.
Each believer is saved by grace, and grace alone.
I may not like what you say. I may not agree with what you post. Before I respond with contempt, before I belittle or berate you, I need to remind myself that my words are about to tarnish an image bearer of God. God’s redemption in our lives is our starting point to extend grace to others.
Maybe I’ve let the world and the media make me cynical, but I know we can be decent, and I know we can be kind. We can agree to disagree on some things. Let’s look for the common ground. Let’s look for the good.
We are equally made in the image of God.
Our lives are equally valuable.
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread, and after he had given thanks he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For every time you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
When it gets complicated, overwhelming, heated – let’s get back to the basics: proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes. We can find unity in the new covenant because Jesus’ death on the cross was for all of us – every bit as much for you as it was for me.
Believers, let’s remember that we agree on Jesus, and let’s encourage each other in our pursuit of Him.
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