Sometimes, I wonder what the world would be like if there weren't sides to be chosen, no state of constant conflict among people of differing views. What if everyone, at the minimum, were in a state of neutrality with one another?
There's a misconception that maturity is equivalent to integrity, which is a total load. Yes, growth is a part of life, but this metaphorical line in the sand that everyone has to eventually step to the left or right of isn't some inevitable occurance in adulthood. It's just an excuse to mask your own selfishness.
When people or things aren't going your way, the first response shouldn't be to force them down your funnel of ideals. Compromise is important. Obviously, I'm not condoning compromising your morals and ethics, but you have to accept the fact that there will be differences of opinion from time to time.
Everyone is different. People who are compatible, are compatible, and vice versa. And just because someone isn't what you would deem friend material doesn't make them deserving of mistreatment. I'm personally not a fan of the whole "coexist" campaign (because I feel that all people need to know Christ), but I do believe in respecting one another.
This whole message is mostly directed at Christians, but just imagine what it'd be like if all people were to embrace this mindset. You don't have to always agree with everyone, you don't have to be BFF with each person you come into contact with, but for all that is good in this broken world, try to love people. Ultimately, that's what it all comes down to. Could you imagine if Jesus shunned everyone that thought differently than He did, or worse, that did things He didn't approve of?
We weren't meant to participate in a lifelong struggle to gain the upper hand over those who think differently than we do, and we weren't meant to condemn people for their actions. We're all humans, we're all flawed, so who are we to pass judgment on our own?
No, that's not what we're meant for. We're meant to obey and glorify our Creator, to lead others to Him.
We're meant to show the world His love.
Editor's Note: In case you didn't catch the reference, this post was inspired by the song, "Won't you be my love?" by MercyMe. If you choose to listen to it, I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me.