Read my friend Penny’s excellent article on her transformation from “us and them” thinking to nuanced love (she might not call it that but I know her and I do):
Her piece is in catapult magazine online (if you don’t know catapult, check them out beyond her article; they’re great). Here’s a teaser:
“It took me awhile to realize that I had more in common with those I denounced than with those who have learned how to love. I had created a mutually-reinforcing club with no one to keep me accountable because I’d dismissed dissenting voices.”
This is something I’m really thinking about these days, and I may be writing about it for a while. We each have categories of unforgivable people, the dreadful other, on whom we can look and say, like the Pharisee in Luke 18:11:
“God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector.”
Who are you thankful you’re not like… perhaps me?