Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Respect

In my last post, I wrote about John Shore's new book and his emphasis on respect. It occurred to me that many readers will feel they treat people with respect even when their beliefs are different. Maybe most of you do. I just have a few questions to ask. Though it will be written with Christians' attitude towards non-Christians (because that is the focus of John's book) you can use the same questions to examine how you treat others with regards to political or other beliefs.

1. As a Christian, when you meet someone who is not a Christian, is your immediate reaction to try to convert that person?

2. When meeting a non-Christian, is your first reaction that you have an obligation to try to convert that person?

3. When you talk about your beliefs and the person you are talking to disagrees, do you think that person is going to hell?

4. Do you think that those who claim to be Christian but don't go to your particular kind of church are truly not Christian, and therefore going to hell? (I'm Catholic. I'm used to this attitude from others.)

5. What happens when you try to convert somebody and they just don't get it? Do you continue a friendship?

6. Do you have anybody in your life who you truly care for who is not a Christian?

7. Are there any non-Christians in your life who you see for who they are, and not just as a conversion project?

You get the idea. Jesus treated everybody with love. If you're Christian, follow His example.

If you're not Christian, Jesus still offers a great example to follow.

Happy Valentine's Day.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

6. Do you have anybody in your life who you truly care for who is not a Christian?

Turning the question around, I am not a Christian, but I have someone in my life who I truly care for who is a Christian. She is also a musician and a writer who wants to make a difference, and actually does. Religion has never been an issue for us. We understand each other perfectly, we talk about so many things, including religion.

Val

Kate Olson said...

Hi Janet, I am also the mother of two teens, and three twenty-somethings..... and I am a Catholic Charismatic Christian, so I can really relate to your comment about being judged by the church we go to. It has happened to me, and yet I am a person who reads the Bible and understands it quite literally, and believes in the power of prayer, and probably have much more in common with my evangelical brothers and sisters than I would liberal Catholics. I think we must not judge by the churches we go to as Christians. And as for meeting a non-christian and having an obligation to try to convert that person, I would call it a hope....a hope to lead that person in the right direction. I would pray like crazy and leave the rest to the Lord. That aside, I think it is vital to have a relationship with the Lord, not just for this world, but also for the next. Thank you for an insightful post. Kate

Homz said...

Hi. You commented on my entry on my livejournal account about missing Switchfoot in Toronto. I replied to it there, but I have no idea whether you check back on those things or not, and I was kind of curious how you actually found my LiveJournal.

Anyways, thanks for dropping by, and I appreciated your condolences on missing the concert!

derek said...

hey, you commented on my blog awhile ago and i only noticed it today. =]

i'm sorry about your daughter, but i'm sure you'll Learn To Breathe well.