Kevin H: Understanding the Other

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16 Responses

  1. Em ... again says:

    interesting post as my morning reading was Proverbs 2 … all about wisdom, hearts, souls and understanding
    “For God so loved the world…” course He does love us white anglo saxon protestants best lol

    if we could just make Christ the main thing, love what He loved, make Him our hero… maybe the rest would fall in place – dunno

  2. Michael says:

    When you divide the world into black hats and white hats, you find that gray hats are the only ones that fit…

  3. Em ... again says:

    … okay, if the world is (hypothetically ) divided into black and white… ? … there is no grey… hmmm

  4. Kevin H says:

    I think part of the problem when we see our heroes all in white is that we have no patience for those who see some black. When our heroes are accused, we go on the defensive to protect and sometimes even on the offensive to attack the accusers. And we are deaf to hearing any real criticism or understanding where the criticism is coming from.

    And sometimes those heroes are not even people. Sometimes they can be political or theological positions or other life beliefs that we treat as infallible.

    Outside of the core truths of Christianity, I think we often get ourselves in trouble with our approach.

  5. Michael says:

    Kevin, you nailed it at #4….

  6. Dan from georgia says:

    I like this ( yes I read the whole post). Although I am a WAPC male I still sometime feel outside the mold because of some beliefs and choices in my life. God still loves me. Not less than the “idealized” Christian, whatever that is, and not more. He just loves me. And I love this site because of the variety of people here, but sometimes I do get bored of the theological debaters that erupt from time to time. But hey, that’s part of the package of who I am.

  7. Dan from georgia says:

    Debates, not debaters. Silly fat-fingering on the phone.

  8. Kevin H says:

    Dan, I think the debaters erupt sometimes, too. ūüôā

  9. Dan from georgia says:

    Haha!

  10. Paul A. Lytton says:

    When a gray hatter enters into the realm of white and black hats it seems to me that instead of the gray hat being tolerated by both of the others it is forced to turn itself into either white or black in order to at least cut its diversities in half.

    This is normal as long as both ‘evilness’ and ‘righteousness’ exist together, but the day is coming when evil will be annihilated.

    Then there will not be any white, black or gray hats – just a bright, shiny crown and all eyes will be focused on it.

  11. Mr Jesperson says:

    Kevin, I really like your #4 and your post. If I were writing here I would be writing things like what you are saying. If Michael keeps pre-empting your posts with his own or comments like has happened, I would take that as God’s leading as to what He wants to say to this community. Let me encourage you that I think you are on the right track. We all need to listen and not merely be talking heads bludgeoning others with our obtuse opinions. One thing I like about this community is that more than a single person is now participating in the posts. A blog like this is way too much work for one person.

  12. Tim - Doulos says:

    @11 – just as an fyi…no malice intended…

    Michael has had a variety of team members through the years, many of which had admin privileges and wrote good pieces on their own.

  13. Michael says:

    We lost almost all of our coworkers over time.
    The place can be toxic to your soul when things go sideways…

  14. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, Mr. J.

  15. JoelG says:

    This is one of the hardest things to do as a follower of Jesus, loving and and understanding “the other”. It’s “the other” that drives us nuts…drives us to lose our temper. “The other” is a threat to our emotional, psychological or physical well being. I think the only way we have a chance is to ground ourselves in the Gospel so we know we are secure in Him no matter what “the other” says or does. Then we need to ask for His Spirit to help us see “the other” as a child of God, a person Jesus loves and died for. Then we might have a chance… maybe.

    Good post Kevin.

  16. Janet Guerra says:

    Many Calvary Chapel pastors don’t care if they understand the other as its all about them.

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