I’m embroiled in tedious church arguments at the moment, arguments about biblical authority and arguments about sexuality, but what makes me maddest is that there’s no argument for how we ought to interact with one another. The conservatives (who read things literally and use literal language) call “sin” on the progressives, and the progressives (who generally operate out of a feel-good theology without many teeth) call “abuse” or “meanness” on the conservatives.
As much as we’d like to leave, as much as we’d like to create own church or manipulate election processes to keep leadership under control, the hard truth is that WE DON’T GET TO LEAVE and WE DON’T GET TO BE IN CONTROL. That’s the very basic baptismal vow – counting the cost of what it means to follow Christ and be a part of his Church.
The interesting thing, y’all, is NOT getting angry and performing the cultural scripts for argument and fracture. The interesting thing, family, is NOT that my faith is more evolved or more scriptural than yours. The interesting thing – the fascinating, transformative, God-given, Christ-centered and Spirit-led THING is that even in the midst of our differences and disagreements and anger and abuse and nastiness and hurt…we’re ALREADY one body. We can’t get away from one another – so what are we going to do about it?