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The Growing Danger Of Assigning Guilt By Association
How can we effect change if we can’t find common ground with people who see things differently?

It’s becoming a thought-crime, not just to like, retweet or follow someone outside your tribe, but for having been liked, retweeted or followed by them.

It’s no longer guilt by association, it’s guilt by involuntary association!

It’s no longer guilt by association, it’s guilt by involuntary association!

Jesus’ Example

Jesus associated with the “wrong” people all the time.

He was criticized for being in far-too-close association with those who were sexually immoral, theologically incorrect and behaviorally deficient.

Even his own disciples showed themselves to be doubters, thieves, hypocrites, faithless, power-hungry, deserters, legalists and traitors. And we know this based on the books that were written by them and their friends. Imagine what their enemies would have written!

Yet these were the people who turned the world upside down for Jesus.

The Power Of Kindness

There’s something wonderfully powerful about friendship and kindness. Even (especially) with people who have very different views than we do.

I have yet to see hearts and minds changed by ratcheting up the anger. But I’ve seen hearts softened, minds changed and lives blessed by truth lived and spoken in kindness, friendship and love.

However much we have in common, we’ll never agree on everything. But I won’t let the angry echo chamber tell me who my friends are.

The more we disagree, the more I’ll try to love you. And I’ll always support those who try to do the same.

Because winning the person is always better than winning an argument.

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July 08, 2019 at 10:59 AM

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