Monday is for Discussion
I posted a version of this on my FaceBook™ page and thought I would bring it over here for good measure. Part of my motivation is fueled by frustration. Some of my conservative friends think that conservatism is always right. They don’t listen to anyone who isn’t “conservative.” Some of my liberal friends think that if it doesn’t come from a liberal voice they recognize, nothing can be trusted. Among some, and I see this more common among my younger friends (anyone under 40 qualifies as ‘younger’), there seems to be a willingness to insulate themselves from any contact with anyone who is not of “their tribe.” That goes for both my liberal friends and my conservative friends.
How is that an expression of tolerance and love for one another and the diversity of God’s creation?
- I can’t be classified in your little boxes.
- I will sometimes post things that will upset you. It’s not intentional.
- I sometimes read your posts and get upset (this applies equally to both liberal and conservative friends). I get over it quickly.
- I am NOT going to defriend you because I disagree with you. You are more important to me than your posts.
- I am hoping to learn much from you.
- I love having a diverse group of friends.
- A continued relationship with the people I cross paths with in life is a high value to me.
- If I went to school with you anywhere (HS, College, or Graduate School) you are always welcome in my home. (I mean it. Consider my house a cheap [i.e. FREE] B&B if you are passing through the midwest.) [Update: We live in Rock Hill, SC now]
- I will always try to be like Jesus to you personally.
- I will fail, but I will not give up trying.
I really only have one interest: Living passionately for and like Jesus as best I can according to my understanding of the gospel.
My understanding of the gospel is a continually growing thing. I will likely discard certain things I believe now as I mature in Christ. I don’t expect to be the same person I am today a year from now. I hope to be more like Jesus. If I’m not more like Jesus a year from now it would be tragic. But I will still be, your friend.