Can we put aside our traditional differences in the body of Christ?
Can we put aside our doctrinal differences?
Can we set aside our different methodology?
Can we really learn to live loving and caring for each other instead of attempting to force everyone to believe everything as I do?
I don't know about you, but one of the things I have learned in all my years of trying to live as a follower of Jesus is, I don't see everything clearly. Many times a brother or a dear sister have been my eyes. Sometimes they have been my ears. Sometimes they have been my conscience. Sometimes they have been my corrector. I need them.
I have an ugly confession to make. I lived most of my Christian life from a conservative perspective. Liberal Christians just didn't get it. I couldn't see how you could be a follower of Jesus and align yourself with the liberal wing of the Church. One day while talking to a client who is not only a liberal but she is a follower of Christ also, she said to me,"How can someone be a conservative and be a Christian?" Since I had come to really appreciate this person and her heart, I ask her, "What do you mean?" What she said made me think. It did sound like it was in line with the gospel of Jesus. What she said I certainly wasn't living. I went away thinking about it and couldn't shake her question.
Oh, how wrong I had been. I had already started and was having an amazing time reading authors from this side of the Church. I actually found there are folks that vote pro-choice that live more pro-life than most people who I know who vote pro-life and insist you have to, to be a Christian. I was stunned.
Jesus is building an amazing Church. I just needed to open my eyes first to what the Church is, and then look beyond my little domain that I had lived in to see even more of it.
Check out some of these authors: Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, Greg Boyd, Ann Lamott, Jim Wallis, Dr. Martin Luther King JR. Theologians Stanley Heuerwas, Walter Bruggemann, John Howard Yoder and I know ther are many more I have yet to discover.
The kingdom of God transcends the boundaries we put in place in an attempt to control the thing. Trying to box in the spirit of God is stupid. I mean, come on, let's get real. I want to look beyond what is comfortable for me. I have let go of positions held in the past that were gut-wrenching to let go of. It was a knew found trust in God that enabled me to risk letting go. What I have found on the other side is so wonderfully big and wide open. Looking back I am stunned by some of the things I had held so tightly to thinking they were the very heart of God.
I am living with an expectancy for what God will do next like never before. Hang on, if you take the risk to trust this awesome Father. This is much better than I could have ever dreamed. God's dream for that which he created is here for all. I want to open myself up and live undefended like I believe it all.
Are you up to going for the ride of your life?