Over the past year I have really gained a new respect for the Christian Chronicle. They have written some really objective articles, and have not dodged any of the "hot topics" going on within our fellowship (hope you noticed how I am trying to stay away from the "B" word). From my view point, they have been doing a good job of just analyzing the different topics, and trying to give all the perspectives of the topic they are discussing. Evidently being objective is offensive to some people. A few issues back they did a feature on the present discussions going on between folks from our fellowship and folks from the "Christian Church". Folks from each group have met to try and begin a dialogue focused on the things we have in common, rather than what our differences are. These brothers in Christ are trying to see if we can have unity in some areas so that we can work together to defeat the enemy, which is Satan. I thought the coverage the Christian Chronicle gave the talks was very unbiased, and very informative. I know I am only one person, and not everybody is going to read the articles and have the same response I had. In the latest issue, a person wrote a letter in response to that article. I won't quote the whole letter, but here are a few gems. "With all the liberal problems the church of Christ has had over the last 30 years this is no time to think we are going to convert the Christian Church leaders. As long as Genesis 4 is in the Bible, a weak compromising position with the Christian churches is error and wrong. God's word should be calling the shots, not the intellectuals among us."
Ok, I know......it's pointless to respond to that ludicrous of a statement. I am sure the author of that letter is a Godly man, and will be in heaven with you and me. But isn't it kinda discouraging? I wish the Chronicle wouldn't publish negative letters like that, but then again maybe they are trying to expose the fact that there are people out there with that warped of a view. CONVERT? Convert to what? And in case you don't remember and don't have a Bible handy, Genesis 4 is about Cain and Abel. Hmmmm......I wonder which group is Cain and which group is Abel? :) I think the parable of the two men going up to pray would have been a better passage to site.
May God give us the wisdom and faith to love others the way he loved us.
FYI, I will be on the road all of this week, so no blogging for me! I hope I have a lot of wonderful stories about some special people to tell you about when I get back.