I sometimes wonder how Christians would be viewed if every interaction would be restrained by these three goals. I would think that fewer people would think the church to be a bunch of judgmental hypocrites if these were followed.
Rather than fueling the divide between people, Christians should be at the forefront of those who are trying to bring peace and reconciliation. Listening before sharing opinions, would be a good start toward bringing this about.
I want to offer some clarification about my previous post. My intent was not to criticize my friends for being upset about what was said in the sermon. There was nothing inherently wrong with feeling uncomfortable about a choice of words used in the pulpit.
The bottom is that I need a prophetic voice in my life. So, I guess I’m OK with my pastor making me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps in this I am in a minority.
But this is exactly what we celebrate at Easter. Jesus came back from being dead and caused a stir in Jerusalem one Sunday morning. This event should cause us to ask all sorts of questions if we are really connecting with what happened.
164s Those who regularly read this blog have probably realized that over the last year, posts have been rather sporadic. I to a long break between Memorial Day and Labor Day and haven’t posted very regularly since coming back to it in September. […]
Presidential inaugurations have historically been peaceful transitions of power where the office transcends party politics and is honored by citizens regardless of their party affiliation. But yesterday there were violent protests against our newly minted president.
For the first time in my adult life, I don’t like either candidate that the major parties have put forward for the office of President of the United States. I see harm than good coming from either candidate being elected to that office. I wish we could have a do-over for the primary elections, but alas we cannot.