The following is an adaptation of Nigel "Legin" Anderson’s recent guest teaching.
C.S. Lewis once said that Jesus left us with three options; Liar, Lunatic or Lord. He was either lying, He was a mad man or He was one hundred percent who he said was, but you have a pick, He didn't leave you options for anything else.
The most important question we will ever answer in our life is ‘Do I believe Jesus is who he actually said he is?’ When we read the claims of Christ through Middle Eastern eyes, they knew He was claiming divinity because as soon as He said He was before Abraham, they picked up stones because they were like no, He's claiming to be God, kill him.
But once you regard Christ correctly, once you get Him right, I have no choice then but to regard you, my brother, you my sister, correctly if I see that you're made in the image of the same one that I'm now worshiping, then I can't treat you as anything less than the image-bearer of God. I don't care what you look like, how you act, what you believe in. I have to start there and then our relationship will branch out from that point.
I can't come to you and say oh because you vote this way or oh because you look this way…I'm not allowed to do that. And when I'm tempted to, it's that root of sin trying to creep back in. I have to crush that and say, Jesus, help me to remember and regard you not from a worldly point of view so therefore I don't regard my brother my sister from a worldly point of view.
If you missed it, you can watch or listen to Legin’s teaching here.