Choosing Love: A Christian’s Path to Embracing Diversity of Thought

In a world that feels increasingly divided, we, as Christians, can sometimes lose sight of our core identity. Amid the intricate weave of various labels and identities, it’s vital to remember the order of our allegiance. We are Christians who happen to live in America, rather than the other way around. This subtle, yet powerful shift in perspective can pave the way for greater understanding, compassion, and unity.

Our faith in Christ forms the very essence of who we are. We wear His name like a cherished garment, embodying His teachings in every facet of our lives. Our salvation was bought at a high price – the blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is a stark reminder that we are not of this world, but merely travelers journeying through. As bearers of His name, our lives should radiate the love of Christ, not only towards those who echo our beliefs but also to those who see the world differently.

In an era defined by ‘cancel culture’, as followers of Christ, we’re called to take the higher ground. Remember, we ourselves have been redeemed, not canceled, through Christ’s sacrifice. In light of His grace, it becomes evident that our response to those with differing viewpoints is transformed when we remember our true allegiance to Christ.

Being pro-life and pro-choice should not be a matter of political posturing, but rather a testament to the all-encompassing love of Christ. To be truly pro-life means we value life in all its diverse stages and perspectives. To love our neighbors doesn’t necessarily mean we agree with them, but we do choose to extend Christ’s love without condition. On the other hand, being pro-choice doesn’t grant us the right to ‘cancel’ those whose choices differ from ours. God has blessed each individual with the freedom of will, and we should honor this by extending understanding and love even in disagreement.

In the face of contrasting viewpoints, Christ urges us to pray for those we might consider our ‘enemies’. As we embrace His teachings, the line between friend and foe begins to blur, replaced by the understanding that we are all God’s children. This perspective empowers us to find common ground, fostering unity over division, and choosing love over hate.

The teachings of Romans 12:17-21 push us to bless, not curse, those who oppose us. Serving and loving others, even in disagreement, softens our hearts, diffusing hostility and paving the way for compassion and understanding. In essence, it’s challenging to harbor feelings of anger towards those we genuinely care for or those who show us unwavering kindness.

Jesus himself proclaimed, “Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). He embodied these words by dying for His persecutors and then extending love, forgiveness, and assistance to them. As His followers, we are called to emulate His extraordinary example.

We, the Body of Christ, are uniquely positioned to mend the fractures that currently splinter our society. By rejecting ‘cancel culture’ and choosing kindness, we can guide our nation back towards unity and peace. Through our actions and prayers, we can advocate for understanding, compassion, and unity, while nurturing the seeds of love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).

The life of Jesus is a testament to humility, service, and love. He made no distinction between disciples, sinners, or Pharisees – all were welcome at His table. It is His teachings that guide us to embrace the diversity of thought and to lead with love.

As the world observes, let’s ensure that our actions reflect our faith – choosing love over hate, compassion over division, and unity over segregation. For it is in such times that we truly glorify God and embody the teachings of Christ.