How to Treat People

Kara Powell | Nov 11, 2010

On Monday I had the chance to attend an intimate roundtable lunch with Andrew Marin from the Marin Foundation. Andrew’s the author of “Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community,” a great book that encourages bridges to be built between the church and the GLBT community that truly allows the two to dialogue and listen (See this article by Irene Cho from FYI to understand more).

Andrew told a great story about Billy Graham. After the scandal involving then-President Clinton, Billy Graham and his entire family was invited to a gala event at the White House. Billy and his family were sitting with Bill and Hillary Clinton. A member of the Christian media asked Billy Graham why he was attending dinner with the Clintons after Clinton’s sex scandal.

Billy Graham replied, “It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict. It’s God’s job to judge. It’s my job to love.”

Andrew Marin loves that reply, as do I. It is our job to love people - regardless of what makes us different from them - whether it’s sexual orientation, religious belief, skin color, or ethnicity. That’s our job description.

Of course, we each have to figure out what it looks like to “love” others, and we’ll each probably come up with our own flavor of love. Nonetheless, according to Andrew, that’s our Kingdom job description.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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