Nicholas Kristof, in a penetrating essay for the New York Times, wrote on the state of our nation’s universities. The piece is entitled “A Confession of Liberal Intolerance,” and in it he observes, “We’re fine with people who look like us, as long as they think like us.” This statement summarizes a huge problem for our society, indeed, for human relationships in general. We like people who are like us—either in their ideology or their appearance or their nationality—and we reject all others.
Jesus lays out a very different vision for His people. And yet His people are often marked by the same kind of intolerance that defines our society. What hope do we have that our community can be different, that our church can fulfill Jesus’ vision for us?
Title: A People for One Another
Text: Romans 15.1–13
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