We think we are ready for the makeup of our churches to appear more reflective of the image given in Revelation 7:9-10, but are our churches ready to sacrifice “the way things are around here” to invite that diversity?
Like many of you, I felt sick on August 12 after scrolling through line after line about the protests that were happening in Charlottesville. And if I felt sick on Saturday, I can’t imagine what my fellow beach compatriots must have felt.
Within the Reformed tradition and reformational framework, institutional actions are discussed in terms of their “right” societal roles and responsibilities (sphere sovereignty). In these conversations, we often lose sight of the historical development of institutions built on oppression of people, and the impact that this history plays on the present.
Is there hope for unity among Christians who hold disparate viewpoints, represent myriad cultures, experience God’s Spirit distinctively, and even interpret the Bible differently?
Part of our problem with certainty—and with its opposite, uncertainty—may be the way we roughly parallel them with faith and doubt.
We are better witness to the world when we aren’t all the same in background, belief and behavior and yet we still live into the call to love God and love others together as the church.