Showing Grace to Those Who have a Different Box
Lately I have been in knots over how some people expect others to share the same opinions and ideas and convictions as they do. Some people have created a nice neat little box for themselves, which hold all of their beliefs, convictions, ideas, and opinions inside. They like their box. It’s safe in their box. Their box is awesome! But they notice that there are people who do not have the same box as they do. These other people (the “others”) have their own boxes, which contain different beliefs, convictions, ideas, and opinions inside. The first set of people do not like the “others'” boxes. The boxes of the “others” are DIFFERENT, and the first set of people don’t like it one bit. So, they get mad. They try to fit their own boxes on the “others”, but find that the “others” do not want the boxes of the first set of people. The “others” want their own boxes. So the first set of people turn away from the “others.” The others are harassed, ostracized, and ridiculed because of their different boxes.
This saddens me because this is not the way of Christ. Jesus did not force his “box” on anyone, and He showed GRACE to ALL people no matter what “box” they had for themselves. Jesus was ok with the “others.” He loved them. He embraced them. And He welcomed them into the Kingdom of God. He did not ostracize them, criticize them, harass them, or ridicule them. No, He extended His GRACE to them. And that is what we are called to do. We are called to show GRACE to ALL people, even the “others.” Our boxes our own boxes, and we should not try to make the “others” share our box. We should give them the grace to have their own boxes and love them anyway.
The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (The Message)