Posts Tagged ‘Enemy’

You are allowed to have one opinion of someone else

Monday, February 20th, 2012

You are allowed to have one opinion of someone else.  That opinion is that they are a child of God – a powerful thought shared by Greg Boyd of Woodland Hills Church.

That does not mean of course that there are those from it is better to keep a certain distance or to call to ask on certain challenges.  What it does mean is that that person, right here in front of us, is always a child of God first and foremost.

Years ago I was struck on hearing a pastoral challenge about loving your “enemy” – a clear spiritual call.  The challenge was to think of the person you loved the least.  And, right there, to candidly allow this rather disturbing thought to enter the social equation – you only love God as much as you love the person you love the least.  Hard to refute.

From that place I think we can understand the New Church perspective that no one, not even an angel, can possibly know all the ways someone comes to God.