I have a confession to make. I’ve been judgmental. I’ve hosted a link-up on my blog for the past two weeks. Both weeks I have had someone link-up who is Mormon. The first week, I didn’t leave a comment on her blog because I wasn’t quite sure what to say. Should I point out I don’t agree with her or should I keep that to myself? But, in the process of avoiding her and not leaving a comment on her post, I silently and subtly judged and condemned this stranger for her beliefs.
The second week, she linked up again. I felt bad about how my heart secretly responded the first week. So, I left a comment on her post this week. I thanked her for linking up and told her that I although I don’t agree with the Mormon theology, I DO agree that Jesus Christ is the one and only way.
You might think this post is going to be about trying to persuade you to believe that my theology is correct and the Mormon doctrine is false. It’s not. This post is about how unflattering my heart responded when my theology collided with what I hold to be false doctrine. My heart hardened up and I quickly judged.
Folks, that’s wrong.
This experience reminded me that my heart is still in desperate need of God’s grace and forgiveness every single day. Yes, I should stand by my convictions. Yes, I should stand up for what I believe to be the Truth. But, it should be done with the utmost love and respect.
We can’t allow our hearts to go into attack or judgement mode against those whose views we find false. We need to love them despite the differences. We need to allow Jesus to do the work.
And, what we might discover in the process is that Jesus is really working on us just as much as He is working on them.
As I was writing this post a book I read recently by Carl Medearis came to mind. In his book he talks about how one of our biggest issues is having an us (those who agree with our point of view) versus them (those who don’t agree with our point of view) mentality. This mentality causes us (sometimes unconsciously) to have a superiority complex. What He recommends instead is to strive for establishing relationships that point to Jesus.
“Too often I try to win allies to my point of view rather than pointing them to Jesus.” ~ Carl Medearis, Speaking of Jesus
Point people to Jesus.
I want to strive for this too.
What about you? How do you respond when you come face to face with those whose doctrine is not the same as yours?
How do you stand by a deeply held conviction without being intolerant and unloving?
Do you confront others with differing beliefs or do you avoid them in an effort to keep the peace?
I don’t have any easy answers or solutions. I would love to hear your thoughts.