Recently I recalled how groups and organizations, even parties define themselves and are bonded together in a negative way.
They're defined by who they are against, who is their enemy, what they do and do not do.
It seems we always have to have an enemy to be against in living daily.
That's how it works these days.
We have to have a problem.
This country or that.
Detroit, or Flint, Michigan.
They're the problem.
Old people. Young people.
Same gender attracted are the problem.
Instead of being aware and awake to resolving the issue positively, we're obsessed with "them," the enemy.
We may find it beneficial to stop being against anyone, anything.
Understanding one's story and why she or he may be the way they are is worth exploring beyond ousting, condemning, rejecting and excluding them.
Of course, one needs to call sin for what it is today.
Evil has to be identified.
However, religion leads.
It has a prophetic role otherwise religion is self-referential alone.
Pope Francis said the Church has become too self-referential. It needs to reach out with Matthew 25.
This can happen largely by way of experiencing those we are against and excluding.
Starting with their own story of pain works well.
You may find this a fruitful way to live without rejecting and being against anyone.