There are rarely clear good guys and clear bad guys in life. A person who thinks and communicates in clear good guy and clear bad guy narratives may be deceiving you or deceiving themselves or both. There is always a back story. … We are not the true good guys fighting the true bad guys. That’s a story for Jesus and Satan. You and I and everybody on the planet are neither. Let’s make a rule: Only demonize demons. Real people should be seen as real people.
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This is a great practice to encourage!
Not sure if this is a right place to ask this, but, if God calls us to love people, what can you say about the verses that say “Love not the world”? I’m afraid most Christians are being taught to “hold back” or “have nothing to do with” people who are “across the line”, like atheists for instance. I am particularly sure we should offer grace and love to them as well. They are also real people who have their stories just as you say, but verses like these that tell us to “love not the world” are there.
I think this has an easier answer than it appears. The Greek word “kosmos” for world is used three different ways, most noticeably seen in John 1:10 – ” “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.” Here John is writing about the planet earth, the people of earth, and the worldly system.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world (people)
1 John 2:15 – Do not love the world (system) or things in the world (planet)
Of course, God will reconcile ALL things to Himself (Colossians 1), but until then we have our marching orders on how to handle the world!