On loving people who are different from you (like 95-year-old women, special needs adults, and Confederate flag wearers)

I have always loved learning about diverse people and cultures.  A favorite read at my grandma’s house was a book about houses around the world.  I was beyond excited when my dad taught me to count to 10 in Spanish when I was in early grade school.  I was thrilled to have opportunities in college to go on foreign mission trips and study abroad one summer.  As a teacher, my absolute favorite thing was teaching my kids about U.S. history from diverse perspectives and discussing ways we can love others who are different from us today.

I make myself sound like such a virtuous diversity lover, but I recently had an encounter that made me realize I’m not nearly as loving and tolerant as I thought.

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