Be… Kind. The two words that numerous people- no matter race, social and economic status or gender can stand behind. Be kind.
You may not agree or understand, but be kind. You may not like that person or what they represent but- be kind.
Society has come a long way in showing acceptance to what has previously been “unacceptable”.
- Interracial couples
Presently for most societies the law will work against you should you show hate or discrimination of any kind to these people groups.
The point is to show kindness- should you live or not live a similar lifestyle. Should you stand by or not stand by such behaviors.
Many take pride in the fact that they are accepting of every idea or lifestyle decision that does not express hate. That is, until someone shares a different point of view.
Truth: If someone says they do not believe in gender being interchangeable or neutral… How would you respond?
What about if they said they don’t believe or agree with behaviors associated with same sex relationships?
Are you offended? Are you getting ready to argue, debate or even… End the friendship you have with this person?
If your concern is that this person will suddenly show hate in speech or actions towards a people group- then I think there’s a greater concern about said person’s character than just their beliefs.
I can make this easier.
What about if your friend identified as Muslim, Hindu, Catholic or Buhhddist- but you don’t believe in any of these religions and their associated gods… Should this friend be concerned you will not only show great disrespect, but also bully their people group based on your point of view?
Or would you say that just because you don’t believe and honestly you may not even want to believe- you can still show love without changing your beliefs. You can still be friends even if you decline an invitation to a religious event.
I’ll make this EVEN easier. Your friend is in a relationship with someone you do not trust. You don’t like the way that person treats your friend. Yet your friend believes that their relationship is perfect.
Would you stay quiet or say something? If you’re truly friends, you would probably let your friend know of your concerns.
But if/when that friend doesn’t follow your advice or concerns- will you be showing great disrespect and hatred toward your friend’s partner?
Maybe you need to simply change your ideas of what a healthy relationship looks like… Is this a fair coarse of action? I don’t think so.
Do you think you would be capable of showing kindness/respect despite holding to your wits that this relationship is not right?
Your response will show your character. Your character is what will express the actions and words that make your friend feel valued and respected or hated.
If inclusivity is the core of your belief system, then it’s time to take a look at the feelings you have toward someone that does not agree with your lifestyle choice or belief system.
Are you truly inclusive?