Judgement Day was on my mind yesterday.
No, I wasn’t expecting to be raptured. I am not religious in any traditional sense and my views are more in line with my cousin Sarah’s, “God is bigger than all of the religions put together.”
But my heart was with my Christian friends. I can hear some of them saying, “But the Bible doesn’t SAY that!” It must be frustrating to have so much attention given to such a small minority on the fringe who misrepresent their faith. In fact, it seems that most often the media focuses on reporting about the loud few with wild or hate-filled extremist beliefs and ignores the millions of loving and tolerant Christians who would no more burn a Quran than set fire to your house. They’re just not newsworthy. But they are there.
And my heart is with my friends who are other faiths (atheists included) who have experienced condemnation and intolerance. Your right to believe according to the dictates of your own conscience should be respected, but often it is not.
So let’s put aside Judgement Day for a while. How about if we take this opportunity to have Non-Judgement Day?
Let’s resolve to treat people with respect, even if we don’t agree with them. Even if they provoke us. Let’s take the high road.
Let’s resolve to not jump to conclusions about people just because they are of a different faith, different political persuasion, different nationality, different race, different sexual orientation, or who are otherwise different from us.
Let’s do whatever we can to love our fellow human beings.
Why? Because it works. Nothing else does.
Pass it on.