OK . . . so one of the things Donald Miller mentions in this book is that non-Christians feel like all Christians have an agenda. That Christians want to convince everyone else to believe what we believe. That we want everyone to know we’re right.
Well . . . I think that’s probably true. I mean, I do think I’m right. And I do think that all the people who don’t believe what I believe are going to Hell. And I’m sure that comes across in a way that doesn’t seem so attractive. It doesn’t seem so attractive to put it down here in black and white.
And I do have an agenda. I’d really like everyone to believe the same things about Jesus that I believe. I’d like everyone to know Jesus and trust Him.
At the same time, I really, truly don’t want people to feel like they have to agree with me in order for me to love them. I want to love people, no matter what they think about Jesus. I mean, most of the time that’s what I want — admittedly, some people are more difficult to love than others.
So . . how do I love people without an agenda AND remain passionate about sharing the gospel with everyone and wanting them — desperately wanting them — to believe what the Bible says about Jesus?
I don’t know. I don’t have the answer. But I’m praying God shows me. I want Him to help me see people like He sees people and love people like He loves them.