The Bible teaches that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. In Matthew 12:48-50, Jesus stretches out his hands to his disciples and exclaims, “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Yet even among the most faithful Christians, there is hesitancy to embrace people of other denominations as brethren. If you are struggling to understand your place as a friend of other Christians, take a leaf from the book of the Lord.
Respect Others’ Opinions
The main reason two people of different Christian denominations cannot get along is because one or both cannot listen with respect and open-mindedness. For some friendships, it is best to avoid the topic of religion. This may not be a healthy relationship, however.
Instead, broach the subject tactfully and respectfully. Express your curiosity without sounding rude or judgmental. Keep an open mind and respect your friend’s beliefs and institutions. It is okay to disagree – you both do not have to enter into a race to convert one another. Accept there are views that don’t match your own, and that this is okay. In the eyes of the Lord, we are all his children.
Keep the Scriptures in Mind
Galatians 3:28 states that we are all one in Christ Jesus. If you are feeling uneasy about befriending Christians of other denominations or find yourself compelled to argue with them about their faith, keep this scripture in mind. 1 John 4:7 tells us to love one another, for “love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Your Christian brethren have been born of God and know God, even if it’s not exactly the way you know God. Jesus wants you to love your friends without denominations getting in the way.