"... a time for war and a time for peace." Ecclesiastes 3:8
I'm not a huge fan of war in real life. I pray I never have to participate in one. The ideal world would be one where there is no war, always peace. But I recognize dreaming of our world without war may be just a dream. I also recognize that many of the freedoms we enjoy today are a result of battles fought by others before my time.
The same applies to the wars in Christ's church that have divided and reformed over the years. I also dream of a day when the Church would recognize that it is one, and that there would be peace. The prayer for Christian unity was the starting point of my journey that got me blogging 6 years ago. However throughout the history of the church many battles have been fought. I recognize that some of those battles have brought new understandings of the freedom and life Christ is offering us.
But I'm not a huge fan of war.
I believe aspects of my blog has been more than pushing forward different fronts in different battles. For myself it has largely been a tool I have used to process different beliefs. Sorting through beliefs and traditions that have been handed down to me, testing them against Scripture, and looking at alternative ways of interpreting Scripture related to that topic. I enjoy theological dialogues. I enjoy gaining fresh perspectives of how Scripture can be interpreted. I enjoy grappling through issues that have polarized the church, and trying to find balance within the tensions. I enjoy the teaching one another that can sometimes occur in on-line discussions.
But I understand I am in the minority here. I get that most people do not welcome questions that challenge beliefs they hold to. So my pushing and questioning here naturally creates an equal and opposite reaction from others.
I still believe the Church is entering another reformation. Some of the changes I feel are taking place:
- A fresh awareness what the priesthood of all believers under Christ is
- An increased desire to follow the person of Jesus (less desire to follow a religion about Jesus)
- An increased understanding that there is only one Church even though it meets in different places
- A new emphasis on relational and participatory gatherings
However at this point I am questioning if my little contributions to the cause are worth it.
My default is for the way of peace. I do not enjoy tension. I do not like mis-trust. I do not enjoy causing pain, or receiving pain. These all come in varying degrees whenever we engage in any sort of conflict or debate. I've known and accepted this all along. But I sense it may be time to wave the white flag of truce.
I've likely written enough here on this blog. If someone wants to openly dialogue or discuss any of these topics they can contact me or find others who are also engaged in such discussions.
- My 95 Thesis
- Winds of Next Reformation
- Secrets of the Kingdom Summary
- Leading The Way
- Christian Unity Observations
- Love is Essential