Just because of who I am, I filter everything through a spiritual lens.
Years ago, "the church" (with good intention) sought to isolate "their people" from "everyone else", the result of this being that "their people" made the (incorrect) assumption that anyone who didn't think like them was unacceptable. Christians didn't entertain friendships outside of "the church" and refused to entertain any thoughts or views, other than their own.
The result of this is what we have now, where "everyone else" feels judged by "the church".
It was wrong. There, I said it.
I really value my friendships (some in their infancy) with people from other faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles, and have found our conversations sometimes more rewarding than others in terms of honesty and vulnerability.
We don't have to think the same, or accept another's view as our own for us to be friends and to share our lives. I think we just have to be honest.
What do you think?