I have watched a friend with fascination. He, Jimi Kestin, is the Sr. Pastor at the Foursquare Gospel congregation in St. George. He and his wife have taken under their wings a young person in need of compassion and kindness.
Yesterday, I Dana and I had the opportunity to eat at a local restaurant. There were several people from out of town that were attending a conference here. I engaged one gentleman in a conversation about the conference, which was a gathering of Jehovah Witnesses. I noticed that the man and his wife had clearly adopted two children ( of different race and nativity).
Another friend is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and her husband had taken the opportunity to care for a young person from a alternate religious lifestyle.
All of these people are open, caring, supportive of others. In conversations they each have interesting, if not provocative, viewpoint. Yet, each is very receptive and cordial.
Their commonality is faith in Jesus Christ and His teachings. What is particularly interesting to me is that they all seem to be making great effort to practice those teaching.
In the middle east most of the people have ancestry and/or religious orientations that date back to the times and teaching of Abraham. In my naive viewpoint it would seem that those things which unite us, or them, should be stronger than those that divide us.
That Is The Way I See It.