I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve heard so much negativity as of late by people (Some church leaders, others not) about just about every ministry and church leader I know. I for one, am totally over it. I’ve decided that I want to be known for what and Who I love, not only what I stand against.
Before you get bent out of shape citing the need to be Bereans, a watchman, and a workman who needeth not be ashamed (Did you like my King James?), let me say that I understand the need for apologetics, orthodoxy, and doctrine that rightly represents God. Yet I think we can create discussion in such a way that does not come off as demeaning, arrogant, or unteachable.
None of us has it all figured out. If you think you do, you’re entered the place of not being teachable. Because why would a person who knows everything needs to be taught anything. I really don’t believe I have all the answers. That’s why I read as much as I do. That’s why I love talking with church leaders and thinkers. It expands my mind and opens me up to new ideas that I never would have even considered.
I read books by people I disagree with because I want to understand where they are coming from. This way, I can understand what led them to the place they are now. I think this is the least we can do. It’s hard to hate someone you’ve gotten to know. But when they are simply a faceless heretic because they don’t believe __________ or they do subscribe to ____________, it’s all too easy to say things that don’t build up or edify.
Listen, I don’t agree with everything every church does. Not even close! But I am happy that many churches are doing something for God’s kingdom. I truly believe God is sovereign and will correct us if we are open to it. I didn’t say “correct them”, I said “Correct us.” That is, if we think we need correcting…