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 ?
Check out this link.Red Letter Christians