A Word On Christians Interacting With Christians and Non-Christians

Let us always encourage all to demonstrate greater love for God (Father, Son Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit), ourselves, and each other in both word and deed.

Let us be mindful that the root of the word Christianity is Christian and the root of the word Christian is Christ. This means that a Christian is a disciple (student/follower) of Jesus Christ. Christianity is a word that is used to distinguish Christians from other religious groups.

So then since the primary purpose for which Jesus Christ came is to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) our focus should be on exhorting all to partake of salvation through, in, of, and by Jesus Christ.

In doing so let us promote sound universal biblical doctrine and demote denominational biases and falsehoods.

In doing so let us operate in the spirit of spiritual/moral excellence, integrity, and accountability with respect to sound biblical principles and non-contradictory principles determinable in “Mother Nature”.

In doing so let us promote the application of biblical principles to various societal issues humans face individually and collectively.

In doing so let us be mindful that the goal is always to keep the biblical mandate of love and the biblical mandate not to be a respecter of persons or show favoritism. The goal is to contribute balance to the conversation.

In doing so let us pray and let the Holy Spirit teach us according to our level of spiritual maturity, spiritual understanding, and spiritual needs. Let us speak to appropriate church leadership about any concern we have in the hope that all will gain deeper insight and understanding of various spiritual issues.

In doing so let us all be mindful of Jesus’s warning against turning the doctrines of men into the commandments of God (Matthew 15:7-9) and Paul’s warning against not enduring sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

In doing so let us remember that Paul corrected Peter and later God confirmed Paul’s view and corrected Peter about Jews interacting with Gentiles (Galatians 2:11-14; Acts 10:34). This all happened even after Peter was an apostle saved sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. From this we see that it is good to help one another to know, present, and practice the truth. No one should be ashamed to change his or her viewpoint on a matter when he/she learns better. Repentance is always good.

In doing so let us remember that now we see through the glass darkly seeing in part and knowing in part (1 Cor 13:12).

In doing so let us practice forgiveness for we ourselves desire and need forgiveness at times.  Let us remember the Gal 6:1 which speaks of restoring those overtaken in a fault less we be so tempted at some point.

In doing so let us remember that at times we must not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.  So if someone is doing something good though it be imperfectly done, be careful about interrupting or canceling it if it is not a matter of salvation.  One can later speak to the person about improvement.

Indeed, I must admit I have grown in my understanding of various spiritual doctrines. I therefore caution myself and all to be open to a deeper understanding of the various subject matters and not to be so dogmatic/rigid/insistent about one’s position especially when one is not the decision making authority. This does not mean one has to speak and/or act in a way that violates one’s integrity. This does not mean one should avoid sharing one’s belief, publicly or privately, when the circumstance warrants it. It does mean one should do so with care giving preference to private sharing unless public sharing is absolutely warranted.

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