Titus 3:2 urges us “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
I am a visual person. When I read scripture or a book, I actually visualize what I am reading. When I read about Jesus, in the new testament, I can see him walking, talking, healing and hurting. It’s almost as if I am walking along with him, side by side. As I journey with Jesus, visually, I also feel a variety of emotions.
I think this generation has become less sensitive, intolerant if you will, of those who are not like them. Instead of realizing that we are all different and trying to understand each other, we seem to hate anyone who is not like us. As a teenager raised in the church, I remember Christians were accused of this behavior. Now, it seems like it is an attitude that is running rampant regardless of age, nationality or background.
I think unless we have walked a mile in someone’s shoes, we do not have the knowledge or authority to talk about them? I have never been a president so how can I truly talk bad about him. I may not like decisions that he makes, but because I do not live in the white house and I do not have the whole knowledge of the situation, how can I really know why he chose to do something. Isn’t he the president and doesn’t he have the responsibility to look after the US as best as he can. Doesn’t he live here too and wouldn’t everything that he does effect him, his wife and his family also? If he loves them and himself, wouldn’t he do things that would be positive for them also. He isn’t going to be the white house forever right?
This attitude goes beyond Jesus and the president. If you have never been a pastor, the owner of a company, a manager, a mom, a dad, an addict, an abused woman, abandoned, mentally ill, the list goes on. Unless you have walked in any of those shoes you are simply talking about what you see. What we see is very rarely the whole story. There was a reason why Jesus came, why He healed, why He ask men to become His disciples, why He went to the cross, why He died and rose again and the list goes on. If you just look at Jesus without understanding the whole story, He could appear to just be a mad man. But when you understand all those things you see what an amazing thing He did for us.
If Christians, would think of ways to encourage and understand those who are different from them, walk a mile in their shoes, our world be a better place. There would be less quarreling, we would be gentler to others, and we would show perfect courtesy toward all people. Today, take time to ask questions of someone who is not like us, someone who has made a decision you do not like, talk to someone living a lifestyle different than yours, who believes different than you and so one. You just may walk away understanding that person more, talking about them less and being kinder to them. After doing this a couple of times, I think you will begin to talk about others less because you will try to walk a mile in their shoes before making judgements of others based solely on what you see.