symptomatic.

mjkimpan  —  March 22, 2013 — 1 Comment

symptomatic
today’s post can be found at patheos.com – here’s an excerpt ::

unity does not demand uniformity.

‘The misnomer that we must agree in order for there to be healthy and sustainable relationship or peaceful and productive dialogue is simply foolish. There will always be different perspectives on homosexuality – in both culture and the church – and to demand a single, uniform voice on a topic as complex as human sexuality seems to me to be as counter-intuitive as it is unrealistic.

Yet I’m convinced this exposed cultural disconnect surrounding homosexuality is merely symptomatic of a broader overarching issue within our communities of faith – Groupishness. The exclusivity of ‘the Other’ has become an identifying factor in many of our churches, in direct opposition to the radical inclusivity of Christ. Drawing lines in the sand on secondary issues has become so crucial to our identity that we’re unfortunately now known more by what we’re against than what we’re for.’

click here for the whole post.

  • Joel

    “unity does not demand uniformity” reminded me of a some writing by Isaac Pennington, a 17th Century Quaker:
    “Even in the Apostles’ days, Christians were too apt to strive after a wrong unity and uniformity in outward practicies and observations, and to judge one another unrighteously in those things; and mark, it is not the different practice from one another that breaks the peace and unity, but the judging of one another…
    “And oh, how sweet and pleasant it is to the truly spiritual eye to see several sorts of believers, several forms of Christians in the school of Christ, everyone learning their own lesson, performing their own particular service, and knowing, owning, and loving one another in their several places and different performances to their Master…
    “The great error of the ages of the apostacy hath been to set up an outward order and uniformity, and to make men’s consciences bend thereto, either by arguments of wisdom, or by force; but the property of the true church government is, to leave the conscience to its full liberty in the Lord, to preserve it single and entire for the Lord to exercise, and to seek unity in the light and in the Spirit…
    “Oh, how sweet and lovely it is to see bretheren dwell together in unity, to see the true image of God raised in persons, and they knowing and loving one another in that image, and bearing with one another through love…”
    Isaac Pennington 1659