Refuse to treat, speak about, or view any human as the “other.” You can deeply and passionate disagree with them, but remember that they, too, are loved by God. They have fears, wounds, and misguided good intentions, just like you do.
We must resist the tidal wave of dehumanizing those we disagree with, and fight for their dignity, even if we utterly disagree with them.
Sadly, there’s a long history of religious people being more concerned with their rules and dogma than with loving people the way God does. While we continue to debate over wearing a mask, millions are suffering from extreme poverty. Remember what Jesus said to the Pharisees?
“I’ve had it with you! You’re hopeless, you Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but manage to find loopholes for getting around basic matters of justice and God’s love. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required.” (Luke 11:42)