“The Bible is clear here: I am to love my neighbor as myself, in the manner needed, in a practical way, in the midst of the fallen world, at my particular point of history. This is why I am not a pacifist. Pacifism in this poor world in which we live -- this lost world -- means that we desert the people who need our greatest help. --Francis Schaeffer
So often it is all too easy to keep spiritual truths only in the intellect and not put them into practical use. It's easy to love and serve people in the abstract. Especially people you like. The challenge, of course, is loving, serving, respecting (that all are created in the image of God and are HIS creatures), people who are not so naturally lovable--who are opposed to you, who are different from you, abrasive, tactless, ignorant. THAT is the real challenge . . . and where the rubber meets the road (rather than floating in theoretical space).
This does not mean pacifism or accepting sin, let alone celebrating it. No, it is not so simple as to either flat out reject and abandon or throw in with. . . . The nuances of loving our neighbors as ourselves are sticky, often tedious, strenuous, burdensome. . . . But this is where the real work lies--where crowns of glory derive from. . . .