It is so much easier to be with people that look like you and all agree on every issue; and demonize people who aren’t like you and don’t think like you. It is much harder and messier to see people as human beings, build relationship with them, and listen to their stories. But that is what Jesus did! He didn’t demonize people but developed relationship with people; especially those who were the outcasts of the society, and demonized by others. Once you have a relationship with a person you disagree with, the issues might become messier, but it also becomes much closer to the truth.
Pastor James Lee of Conklin United Methodist Church begins a new message series “Stop the Madness” in this sermon given on November 5, 2017. During this series, we will be focusing on restoring faith in humanity and to address the growing polarization in our society.
Ephesians 6:10-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our[b] struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.