Jan 26 2017
Is there a reason to stay in relationship with people if they don’t, or won’t, think like you? Is it a waste of time? Are we “casting the pearl before the swine?”
We don’t continue to serve people through relationship to convert them; we continue to serve people through relationship with them because we are converted. The average city dweller is likely to believe something about spirituality, politics, sexuality, and any other controversial topic. If you are a Christ follower, it gets even more complicated. Now, where there are differences in beliefs, there is a never ending, relentless ulterior motive- save the lost! Unfortunately, this has been translated into “get them to think like me.” And as long as believing what we believe means a person is saved, then we will never see a lasting bridge built from the heart of the Christian to the atheist. Reaching the atheist in the urban setting does not mean the radical left become more conservative, the gay become straight, or the doubts and questions go away. The atheist and the Christian will continue to live separate lives as long as we think in these terms. The key, I believe, is understanding what the ultimate goal is, and never making the ultimate goal our ulterior motive.