Wouldn’t Christian theology assert that the greatest love is that between God and people, between the Almighty and the weak, between the Holy and the unholy, between the Sacred and the sinner, between the Lover and the unloveable? And wouldn’t it also assert that we are to love as we are loved?
But wait! This is not perfect. The story of the good Samaritan turned it all upside down so that the unloveable loveless did the loving. So Christians: wouldn’t it be safe to say, therefore, that to be loved by an atheist or a Muslim or a Buddhist is actually the sacred thing, the Divine encounter? Isn’t it possible that to be in fellowship with those outside actually brings us inside with those already inside because we assumed they were outside?