That dude doesn’t agree with us, but he sure loves us

I heard Pastor Matt Chandler give a sermon talking about Christians who stand their ground on moral issues.  He said the key is not that you have to agree with people you think are wrong, but to love and respect them even as you disagree.  He said you may have a neighbor who is living a lifestyle you don’t believe is Biblical and you don’t agree with, and if asked, your neighbors should say about you: “Yep, that dude doesn’t agree with us, but he sure loves us.  He’s always coming over and talking to us and doing nice things for us.”

The problem doesn’t arise when Christians don’t agree with people. The problem arises in how we disagree with them.  Too often, we disagree in a mean-spirited way, putting others down.

The “Love” chapter from 1 Corinthinas 13 is always read at weddings, but it is not just for weddings and dealing with those in our immediate families.  It is how we are to deal with everyone, even those we disagree with.  “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

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