Beginning with our differences is a non-starter for getting anywhere together. But all too often finding agreement isn’t easy. Pope Francis’ visit to America, like Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, is a timely example.
In our conversations today here, at the coffee shop, or in the lunch room at work, we need to decide whether we can honor Jesus-like behavior wherever we see it without jumping to conclusions about one another, or someone else, that God alone is in a position to judge.
For many of us who come to this blog finding a common center in Jesus is a starting place. Our personal experience has brought us that far together. But what we still struggle with is how to handle our differences even about what it means to trust God and love one another.
My guess is that this is one reason the Apostle Paul appealed to brothers and sisters in Christ to take “the high road” that he describes in the 13th chapter of his letter to the Corinthians, and then— “the wide road” that he explains in the 14th chapter of his letter to the Romans.
Who can deny that by looking for and walking these two “high and wide” roads— we can make progress in moving from the agreements that deepen our sense of unity… through and beyond the disagreements that our God alone is in a position to judge?