It’s unlikely that a person can be found who will agree 100% with my views/choices/opinions. Whatever they may be: politics, ethics, parenting, theology, healthcare, nutrition, personal taste in clothing, cars, fragrance, etc…..
My husband and I don’t even agree 100% on everything.
If I don’t agree with someone, does that mean I hate them? Does that mean that I fear them?
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love,” 1 John 4:18.
Hate and fear do walk hand in hand. But, neither of these have to be present when you disagree. Maybe anger is present, if the disagreement reaches an unfortunate crescendo. But accusing me of these things because I stand against your opinion, makes it all the more imperative that I not react in a knee jerk fashion. I need to react with even more compassion.
I greatly appreciate this quote by Rick Warren, “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you have to agree with everything they believe or do.
You don’t have to compromise convictions to have compassion.”
I think the cure for fear and hatred lies in a surprising avenue. The cure isn’t all getting together and working out our differences. The cure is: Forget about yourself. Find a way to serve. Not just serve, but get in the lives of the needy and hurting. Nothing changes your perspective than hearing the stories of those trapped in generational poverty. Nothing changes your faith than watching a terminally ill child march into the unknown with courage.
Will this change the heated political debate? Probably not, but if we start working on the foundation of our society, we’ll have a greater impact for the cause of Jesus’ love.
Forget about yourself. Jesus did exactly that 2000 years ago this weekend.