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We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. 1 John 4:19 The Message

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Tea drinkers shun coffee, and sit alongside the espresso drinker in Starbucks.  Republicans wear red and Democrats wear blue, and are election judges in the same precinct.  Oldsters listen to Sinatra, youngsters to Beyonce–and dance together at the wedding reception.

Are you willing to engage with those that have different opinions with you in a respectable manner?   Diversity and disagreement are healthy parts of a dynamic free society. Segregation divides us and encourages our stagnation.  Are you a lethargic Christian?

As a Christian– welcome engagement.  However, we must be equipped to engage.  That means each individual is an apologist.  (one who offers a defense ex: religious doctrine) Apologetics comes in many forms.  This is done in love, side by side, and creates in you a dynamic faithful disciple.

We will always make mistakes, like arguing too much with other peo­ple. But let our aim be to give witness to life only in friendship and good­ness, for God is faithful to all people. Like our crucified Lord, let us bear silently any opposition we face, even from our worst enemy, firmly holding on to the truth that all people belong to God. Let us fight that more and more people realize this. Let us hold on to the faith that God will help each sinner turn into a good person. People will not slander and hate forever. The more faithful we are, the more hate against us will be burned away. Hate has a short life. It is love that lives forever.”

Source: The Gospel of God’s Reign

 

The most important witness may be to the most difficult, most different person you encounter.  

 

Pray for the Challenge: Pray the words of Paul from 1 Corinthians 2: (paraphrased)

Father, I do not have excellent speech or wisdom to declare the testimony of God.  I know that Jesus died for me. My words are not persuasive, but in demonstration of the Spirit’s power my speech has power and my faith is not in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.  I am willing to engage and witness in love. Amen

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