One of the things that the devil enjoys most is when he drives us out of community with others by using our pride and fear to divide us. It could happen through preference, politics, religious beliefs, or fill-in-the-blank with many other things. We have lost the art of listening and have doubled down on being right. Jesus didn’t live this way.
He was willing to sit down with those who didn’t understand Him (John 3) and have conversations with people who disagreed with Him (see every encounter with the Pharisees or scribes). He regularly extended undeserved grace (John 3:16). He broke cultural barriers to talk with people (John 4) and broke bread with sinners (Luke 5:29-40; 15:1-2). Even his disciples questioned Him at times. The truth is, I think you and I would probably be frustrated with Jesus if we were following Him right now, walking this earth. Why? Because He doesn’t fit into our tribe or box well.
It’s nice to surround ourselves with like-minded people; we need that as believers. However, our goal should be to become more like Jesus Christ. If you and I are going to do that, then it will mean we have to reclaim community with people we might disagree with on fundamental levels.
1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
I need to do more of that. Walk in the way Jesus walked, even if it means being uncomfortable. What about you?