What is your favorite restaurant?
My guess is that it is your favorite because of one or two items that you really love.
It’s no secret that I love Chipotle. What you may not know is that I don’t love everything on the menu.
I can’t stand their Carnitas. I got them one time and it was hard for me to choke down that burrito.
I don’t like their queso. The one thing that Moe’s had over Chipotle was queso. When news broke that Chipotle was unleashing their own queso it reconfirmed my belief that there is a God in Heaven and He hears our prayers. I was so excited to try Chipotle’s queso. It is no good. Let me rephrase that. It is not my favorite. I still finished the queso so it’s not gag nasty. But I will never order it again on purpose.
Not liking Chipotle’s queso doesn’t change my love for the restaurant.
I don’t like Chipotle because I like everything on the menu. I like Chipotle because I really like a few things on the menu.
I don’t have to reject all of Chipotle because I don’t like their queso.
My friend Chris sent me the following quote today. It is full of awesome.
“Religious people are notorious for confusing acceptance with agreement. When that happens, people assume that disagreement must result in rejection and condemnation!” – Bruxy Cavey
How often do we reject and then condemn someone because we do not agree with one part of their life?
You will never agree 100% with anyone. Sometimes people you love will believe stupid things. And sometimes you will believe stupid things.
We don’t have to agree to still be friends.
This doesn’t mean that we believe everything goes. We should hold onto truth. We should believe what we believe with conviction. We just don’t have to reject everyone who doesn’t agree with us.
I love the quote from Larry Osborne,
“Tolerance is a trait we should excel in. If tolerance means granting people the right to be wrong, we of all people ought to be know for our tolerance.” – Larry Osborne
You won’t agree with everyone. You won’t like every thought that people you love have. But don’t throw out their good because you don’t like one thing.
I liked Chipotle before their queso so it’s okay that I still like them after not liking their queso.
I don’t agree with every author I read. I don’t agree with every blog post I read. One of my favorite authors holds to a belief that I fundamentally disagree with. That’s her queso. Her teachings on grace is what resonates with me.
You won’t like everything on the menu, and that’s okay. Find what you do like and show some tolerance for what you don’t. You can accept someone who is wrong. Acceptance doesn’t mean you agree with them.
Jesus didn’t agree with the sinners He so often lived life with.
The world is too broken to add more brokenness every time we disagree with someone.
The way you handle disagreement says a lot about how you view other people. Ultimately when we dismiss someone completely because we disagree with them we are communicating that the only opinion that matters in this world is our own.
How narcissistic is that?
Is there room in your life for disagreement? Do the people you love feel valued because you show tolerance towards their beliefs that differ from you?
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” Romans 12:16