36 “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” Matthew 22:36-40, CEB
These verses just refuse to let us off the hook. We can’t afford to demonize either individuals or groups. Oh, I know, we all do it. It’s kind of fun, right? We all convince ourselves that we’ve got the truth and if everyone could just see the truth then they’d be like us and the world would be better.
But that kind of thinking is essentially the opposite of “loving our neighbor”. Here’s why. It is completely dismissive of their worldview. Do we honestly think that people who aren’t like us have nothing to teach? Nothing to offer? The political season really brings out the narcissism in all of us.
If you’re feeling particularly agitated about why other people won’t listen…try listening. We could all stand to listen a little more and speak a little less and, in the process, learn to love the neighbor. We’re not here to rule the planet. We’re here to share it.