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.