At my college we have a thing called “Praise and Worship” on Thursday nights in the campus center (original names, I know!). There is a balcony where a few of us who don’t want to my smothered by everyone else stand. From there I could see almost everyone at Praise and Worship.
There were white people, dutch people, blond people, people with no shoes, awkward people, happy people, sad people, loud people, quiet people, lonely people, tall people, short people, new Christians, people who have grown up in the church, mourning people, worried people, stressed out people, annoying people, strange people, beautiful people, heavy people, skinny people, people with depression, people with eating disorders, engaged people, single people, desperate people, etc….but in the time of worship this evening I was able to put all that aside and see that we were all worshiping the same God.
This kind of going along with my previous post about empathy, but why can’t I do this in everyday life? Why can’t we see that we (Christians or not) are all the same? There is (or should be) unity between all humans. We are all sinners in need of grace. We are all made in the image of God.
So why can’t I love them for who they are? The awkward people and the annoying people are just like me. If I was more empathetic and Christlike…I’d love to see how the world would change if everyone were more empathetic and loved even a little bit more like Christ!