My favorite Scottish toast:
Here’s tae us
Wha’s like us
And they’re a’ deid
Mair’s the pity!
Why are we drawn to like-minded people? I think it has to do with how God made us. We are designed to be like-minded. Peter and Paul even encouraged it as part of our relationship with God and his people. Of course it’s also possible to be like-minded in a bad way. Just take a look at what Jesus had to say to a group that thought they had it all figured out. They were like-minded all right, but not in a good way.
There’s no secret to the right way to be like-minded. It’s all over the pages of the Bible, passage after passage. This sums it up nicely:
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6.)
We are to have the same mind toward each other that Jesus had, so that our thoughts and actions (mind and voice) glorify God. It’s that simple. If what we think and do glorifies God, then our minds are right. If we are with others who are doing the same, then we are rightly like-minded.
So can we really say, “Here’s to us and those like us”? We can if what we mean is that we are with those who are with us in glorifying God.
You see, it’s not really a matter of getting together and saying “Here’s to us” at all. It’s a matter of joining together to say “Here’s to God!”
Or, as John tells us:
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13.)
Now that’s a toast worth repeating.
What type of people are you most like-minded with?
When is it appropriate to seek out people who are not like-minded with you in spiritual matters?
My thanks to Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy for starting me thinking on this subject with her post here.