Acceptance – God wants us to make friends with everyone no matter how different they may look of act.
Acceptance is the ability to respect the dignity and rights of all persons, even those whose beliefs and behaviours differ from our own. Everyone should strive to love and respect their neighbour, as they love and respect themselves.
An accepting person is:
willing to treat everybody as a member of a group; non-judgemental; welcoming to those different than himself/herself; and loving and happy with who he/she is.
The virtue of Acceptance means we accept ourselves and others, just the way we are. God created all of us in His image, and God does not make mistakes. Being part of Gods family means that we love and welcome everyone just the way Jesus did. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where it is easier to follow the crowd than to stand up for what we know is right. However, Jesus wants us to accept everyone even when it is hard.
However, when the golden virtue of Acceptance become excessive, the well-intentioned concerns and special treatments may also overwhelm the target groups.
For example, when we talk about racial issues in public and emphasize the problem too much or exaggerate the reality, the target group may even feel more unconfident.
The Golden Virtue of Acceptance is to embrace diversity, accept them as who they are and as one of us, instead of appealing to everyone to protect them and treat them carefully as minority.
For proof that rejection, exclusion, and acceptance are central to our lives, look no farther than the living room, says Nathan Dewall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. “If you turn on the television set, and watch any reality TV program, most of them are about rejection and acceptance,” he says. The reason, DeWall says, is that acceptance—in romantic relationships, from friends, even from strangers—is absolutely fundamental to humans.