We live in a world that is extremely divided.
We so often buy into an us vs. them mentality because it feels good to have something to passionately stand for with a tribe of likeminded people around us.
But too often, what we are passionate about creates divisions that hinder the message of the gospel to unbelievers or blocks the transformative work of the gospel in the hearts of fellow believers.
If we divide ourselves from others because we disagree with them on issues lesser than the gospel and biblical truth then we are not keeping the most important thing the most important thing.
If believers are on different sides of the political aisle, and yet unified by the gospel, how foolish to say it is us vs. them instead of we together for the sake of the good news of Jesus.
If we are willing to offend others for our stance on vaccinations, masks, or mandates but unwilling to share the gospel for fear that it is offensive, then we have chosen a temporal fight over a fight with eternal significance.
I am not saying that we can’t our shouldn’t have strong convictions.
But we must be willing to hold onto our convictions while valuing others, even those who firmly disagree, as God values them.
Every man, woman, child,
vaccinated, and unvaccinated person
was made in the image of God and was loved enough by Him to send Jesus Christ to die on their behalf so that they might have eternal life and a relationship with God through faith in Him.
If we truly believe that is true then we’d do well to let the Gospel and biblical truth be the only thing we are willing to offend someone over.
Because the only thing we can bring with us into eternity is other people.