I think I’ve always grown up hearing that people matter. At least most people.
I’m pretty sure the people I attended church with, the leaders and pastors in my life wouldn’t say “most people.” They’d say all people matter. It’s just that the language I heard (and I used) and the approaches I watched (and I participated in) didn’t always reflect that every person matters to God…and to us.
When I was a kid, what I heard went something like this…
“They practice a false faith.”
“Their doctrinal system is wrong.”
“They are sinful.”
“They are lost.”