Taking a Stand!?

Perhaps as people we naturally polarize. After all the Bible does say that that “A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.” (Note: I do not believe that St. James, the recognized author of that statement, is talking about theological or political issues!)

I am told that, “You have to take a stand on ‘this or that’”! Whatever theological or political issue ‘this or that” is, it is usually narrowly defined and treated as absolutes. I do believe there are absolutes. We should hold humbly and graciously to what we believe to be absolutes. Correct, orthodoxy (whatever that means) and theology is very important to me, the Church and world. Many such concepts and ideas are extremely important for right relationship with God and each other.

Nevertheless, my guess is that those of us who hold to the idea absolutes will disagree over how to define what these absolutes are and what we should do about them. The topics or truth and absolutes themselves regularly generate heated debates.

Just as important as the issues themselves is how we treat one another. It is easy to express kindness and love toward those who are squarely in your camp. Jesus said, “If you love those that love you, what credit is that.” It is how we treat those who hate, despise or treat us badly that define the maturity of our faith.

Please, express your thoughts, opinions and beliefs. Take a firm stand for what you hold to be true. For those who call on the name of Christ and profess to follow Him, do so with compassion, love and grace; always seeking to bring reconciliation and restoration. St. Paul said that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting men’s sins against them, and that he has entrusted us with his message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19 ).

We the people of God, the Church, must learn to disagree in a way that brings honor to our Lord. What example of grace and redemption are we setting to those who have never experienced the grace of God?

Peace, David+


About padredavidfell

Priest in the ICCEC. Retired Army Chaplain
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One Response to Taking a Stand!?

  1. I submitted your essay to dear friends in a Christian Prison ministry that is being torn in two by division over affirming or denying a lesbian woman a position of leadership in the program–no where near as violent as the factions and issues you’ve been dealing with but the same process–taking a stand… Thanks for your heartfelt, scriptural essays–I read them all and look forward to getting to know you better! The Army may be “forgetting” but we in Thurston County are certainly gaining an “active ingredient” colleague!

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