“There is a clear correlation between how we treat each other and how a watching world will feel about Jesus.” Jen Hatmaker
Opinions. We all have them. Our brains, environment, and experiences work together to form a personal worldview. Having a view and belief system is amazing. It makes us human. It can be a catalyst for change. It can right wrongs.
Unfortunately, in this age of social media, the way we express our worldviews has a growing dark side. Opinions are shoved down throats, trolled across Facebook streams, and have drawn a line in the sand.
We are a divided people. When your opinion differs from mine, it has become easier to say you are wrong, ignorant, close-minded without looking at my own judgmentalness. When the back and forth, argumentative rhetoric is coming from Christians on both sides, I have to wonder what kind of message we are sending to the world. What I love about my faith is that I don’t have to have all the answers. What matters is that I believe in a God who loves us so much that He came to save a fallen world and a “me” who has missed the mark many times. All the other stuff pales in comparison to that.
It’s not my job to force my opinion down your throat when it comes to so many of today’s issues. It’s not my job to comment on every Facebook post that I don’t agree with and tell the world why you are wrong and I am right. It’s not my job to put you on public blast because I don’t look at the world the same way you do. There has to be a better, more loving way to express ourselves. There has to be a way to express what you believe without putting down other beliefs.
Over the last couple weeks, I read a book called “For the Love” which discusses so many issues and really spurred this blog post. This book has a little something for everyone and will challenge your thinking. Grab your copy here.