Practice Being Non-Mean

Martin Marty once said that you can divide religious people into two groups. Not the liberal and conservative, not the Catholics and the Protestants, but the mean and the non-mean. That hurts, but it is also true.

This seems to ring so true in our world today, but if we are to be a Mystic /Missional people we must practice being non-mean. Non-mean people know what they believe and practice the red letters (words of Jesus) of the Bible. The real question is what does that look like?


  • Love and respect people who disagree with them.
  • Give without qualification.
  • Never expect payback.
  • Know that they are sinners.
  • Say hello first.
  • Forgive the unforgivable.

That’s a bit of a tough list, but it is a good beginning. We as Mystic/Missional people must be kind and likable so that we have opportunities to be the salt and light of the world. After all if we don’t help-WHO WILL ?


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