I believe in evolution.
A lot of my readers just did a double-take and may have spit out their favorite beverage at whatever time of day they are reading this post. Before you go real crazy, grab your pitchforks and head to Dunn Holler, don’t worry. I’m not talking about monkeys evolving into men or a critter slithering out of the primordial ooze.
I’m talking about how I’ve changed over the last twenty years or so.
I’ve matured a bit. (Hopefully) Sure, I’m still a bit of a clown. I try a light approach much of the time. At work, I try to keep the team I manage in a good mood with some humor. But I have my serious moments when I need to.
I’ve changed spiritually too. My views have changed on many things over the last two decades. Have my core beliefs? No way. I believe that Jesus was the eternal Son of God. He lived a perfect life. He died on the cross, shed His blood, and paid the debt for my sins. Currently, He sits at the Father’s right hand awaiting the time that He will return. There are a whole of other things that I consider essential beliefs, but those haven’t really changed either.
No, where I have evolved is in a lot of non-essential matters. You want to do away with the traditional Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night model for doing church and try it another way? You want to play a different style of music than was done 25 or 50 years ago? Have at it.
If it doesn’t affect salvation and or change the nature of God and other essentials, then I say cool. Go for it.
Heck, there are non-essentials theological matters that I believe that a lot of you probably don’t. That’s ok. I won’t force my non-essentials on you.
I have evolved over the years. Have you?
Do you believe in evolution?
In the 1960′s, while running for governor of California, Ronald Reagan subscribed to what became known as the 11th Commandment. This commandment stated that “Thous shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” This philosophy seemed to work out well for President Reagan.
Unfortunately, the same doesn’t seem to happen in the Church.
I don’t know about you or my fellow bloggers, but there seems to be a growing trend on Twitter and the blogosphere.
I know this because I’ve been guilty of this in the past.
It seems like rather than unity in the Body of Christ, there are fractures.
There is something that I would like to see more of.
I want to see a fight for unity.
Don’t get me wrong. I know it can’t happen every single time. I know there are some lines that have to be drawn. We can’t always be in total unity with everyone.
The problem is that I continue to see more and more folks who want to focus on what they disagree with others about. What I see is that some consider some things essential that aren’t truly essential in the faith.
In Ephesians 4, Paul encourages his readers to “be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” He says to do this “with humility and gentleness.” I think we see what the problem is in this section of scripture.
I think there is a lack of humility.
I think pride is the problem.
I think we get our pride all worked up in these situations. I think we want to get our soapbox and let some brother or sister have it. We want to prove to them that we are right and they are wrong.
We fight with each other instead of fighting for the important things that unite us.
Let’s stop it brothers and sisters.
You disagree with someone? Fine. Promote what you believe. Make a strong case for what is important to you. Convince us of what you believe. Don’t tear down that guy or gal for what they believe. Trust that the Lord is in control and that what He is for will win out. I’ll respect you a lot more.
Have you noticed this trend of late? Are you fighting for unity or just looking for a fight?