Like-Minded vs. Like-Hearted
A few months ago, a Hopester shared with me that one of their favorite things about our church is that we are not so much like-minded as we are like-hearted. Since that conversation I’ve spent much time pondering what it means to be like-hearted.
Most of my friends, and I’d say this is true for almost any friend group, are like-minded. It is true what they say: “birds of a feather flock together.” It is easier for Jesus followers to befriend other Jesus followers, just like it is easier to have conversations with groups of people of the same sex or race or political leaning. Like-mindedness means that we think alike and believe alike, and that we typically share similar habits and ways of life.
Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, says “We have geographically, politically, and even spiritually sorted ourselves into like-minded groups in which we silence dissent, grow more extreme in our thinking, and consume only facts that support our beliefs. As a result, we now live in a giant feedback loop, hearing our own thoughts about what’s right and wrong bounced back to us by the television shows we watch, the newspapers and books we read, the blogs we visit online, and the neighborhoods we live in. This sorting leads us to make assumptions about the people around us, which in turn fuels disconnection.”
Bishop went on to explain that like-minded people usually believe the same things are wrong or bad but may want very different things as a result. Whereas like-hearted people want the same things, have similar hopes and dreams, and are active about it.
The Scriptures often interchange the word “desire” and the word “heart.” Like-hearted people desire the same things. Like-hearted relationships can bring together people from a multitude of backgrounds, with different mindsets, vast expertise, and varying resolutions, and this combination of people can result in an amazing group of diverse giftings that can increase their ability to accomplish great tasks that could never be conquered individually.
In other words, I can choose to spend my life sitting around talking about stuff with like-minded people, or I can go do something with people who are like-hearted.
I believe Hope is a like-hearted group of Jesus followers. We are a group with different education experiences, economic backgrounds, political leanings, and giftings, and yet we unite around our shared heart and desire of bringing people closer to Jesus.
I love the uniqueness of our church family and I really think there is nothing like being on mission with people who have a heart for Jesus! We would be wise to protect our unique flavor and to value like-heartedness above like-mindedness.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”