Though I don’t tolerate racisim, I won’t unfriend or leave a friend behind for differences in opinions (if it’s not a racist, homophobic, or just an opinion delved from hate but I think I’ve long filtered out that population from my friend group).
In church, we learn that we have to be surrounded by people unlike ourselves. We have to understand the rest of the world to understand our own faith. And also because what is the use in telling a current follower of Christ about the love of Christ?
And also we learn not to shun away someone in the church who is maybe not a believer or facing difficult questions concerning their faith.
Because how are they supposed to grow if you shut the door on them?
You are not helping the movement by shutting the door on anyone. Especially not people you have been friends with through thick and thin until now.
People who aren’t on board- they aren’t because they don’t understand. So help them understand. Don’t guilt them to understand because they won’t. Help them. Talk to them with a level head. Bring up examples. Think about your friends who are affected right now- what would you feel if it was your friend or family?