What ever happened to the concept of “I respectfully disagree”?

Demanding that people agree with you is unreasonable and can only produce insincere compliance. Instead be kind to everyone. Anybody can insult, mock, and be unkind, but it takes amazing courage to cross color, ethnic, and political lines with ongoing love. 

Villainizing people who disagree with you is a sign of insecurity, plus it diminishes the chance of finding common ground. Why has public life in America become a “survival of the fittest” “dog eat dog” world? The news and social media are full of politicians and ordinary people who are acting like they think they are WWF wrestlers and the people who make the meanest insults are the winners. Can we Make America Kinder Again?

There are unlimited ways to be kind to people. Perhaps we all could find one today. Between the opposite extremes of fighting and faking agreement, there is “speaking the truth in love.” If we don’t love people enough to be kind to them, they won’t believe that we love them at all.

Insults hurt people. Compliments sooth their wounds. It’s much better to ease people’s pain than to cause it. Besides that, it’s so much more fun to encourage and appreciate people than it is to verbally attack them.

People are amazing carriers of the image of God. No matter what they look like or believe, they’re fun to get to know. Don’t box up your thinking and put it in storage. A boxed up mind’s a terrible mental waste.

Here’s a shocking fact: People who disagree can respect each other and find ways to work together. If people would begin to compliment the people they disagree with instead of insulting them, the world would be a better place. 

Mean words matter. Stop the public abuse of people you disagree with. Speak the truth with kindness and compassion.

Martin Luther King, Jr. trained people to demand justice without resorting to insults and disrespect. His way of love overcame much racial injustice.

Perhaps having a talk with Jesus might be more effective than just hearting a talk about Jesus. Shouldn’t people being passionately on fire for Jesus be the norm in Christian churches? Perhaps passion for Christ is more effectively caught by Christians ministering to one another than taught by a professional.

 Guilt is an internal warning system that shows you when your thoughts and/or behaviors are messed up. Whenever you feel guilty, don’t blame others. Instead look at your own life and stop doing what is causing your guilt. Don’t insult others because of your guilt.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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