“Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do.” Romans 14:1
In Romans 14, Apostle Paul tells the people that one day everyone will have to kneel side-by-side and face the judgment of God. And, critical and condescending ways won’t improve your chances of entering Heaven.
Recently, I watched a documentary on TV about two men–once enemies in the Vietnam war, but now close friends. Air Force Brigadier General Cherry recalls the incident that decades later would bring the two together again: “My missile impacted his airplane and blew the wing off of it and there was a lot of fire and smoke and piece flew off and everything.” For years Cherry wondered what happened to Hong My. In 2008, he tracked him down. There were no condescending comments or criticism at their meeting, and they became good friends.
They two men were not personal enemies–just products of two countries with vast differences and humanitarian issues. When General Cherry and Hong My visited memorials and grave sites, standing side-by-side, neither criticized nor made condescending comments of the war.
God provided the way for the two soldiers to find inner peace and an unconditional, nor expected, friendship
Dear God, open our hearts to those who do not share our common goals and beliefs. Amen.