God’s norms apply to all cultures, for the blessings of all …

But often are uniquely expressed in each.

While holding to those norms, don’t interpret another’s situation and culture through the lens of your own situation and culture.

Doing so thwarts mutual esteem and understanding.

That’s true even when it’s done with the best of intentions.

In contrast, the Great Commission requires us to go beyond our own reality and enter into very different realities …

Where people are very different than us.

They may be across the globe, or just down the street.

Few do it.

Nonetheless, Jesus bids us “go” with a fierce love that takes us outside our own limited perspectives.

Only then can we truly embrace “others” as brothers in Him.