Kim Zember and Jackie Angel talk about the beauty of friendships between Catholics and Protestants.
It may seem like the differences between Catholics and Protestants are inescapable, but the reality is that we actually have a lot in common with our Protestant brothers and sisters. The main similarity between us is our love of Jesus. Anyone who is a baptized Christian is going to carry a love of the Lord in their hearts and live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We can learn a lot from our Protestant brothers and sisters, and it’s important to look at the relationships the Lord has blessed us with and ask why they were placed in our lives. We can always learn from those around us and use this knowledge to deepen our relationship with Christ.
Friendships with people whose beliefs differ from ours allow for opportunity to share the love of Christ with those around us. This is where our differences come in handy. You can share about daily Mass, adoration, or the other ways we cultivate the life of Christ in our daily lives. All of these things we do to strive towards Heaven will be seen by those around us, and especially by those who don’t have these elements in their lives.
It’s not just an intent to try and make them Catholic. It’s a recognition of the beauty that surrounds our faith and the gifts God has given us through faith, and wanting to share those gifts with those we love. Becoming friends with Protestants shouldn’t be about reaching a quota of conversions, but rather building mutual relationships in which we learn from them and they learn from us how to become closer to Christ. That is the beauty that accompanies friendships with people of other faiths.
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Meet Jackie and Bobby Angel
Jackie Francois Angel is a full-time worship leader and speaker. Bobby Angel is a campus minister and theology teacher at a Catholic high school. Married in 2013, they have four beautiful children and strive to grow in holiness each day!