One of the most valuable lessons that I have learned in the past few years is that I do not have to agree with someone on EVERYTHING in order for God to use them to teach me something. I feel that I have grown more spiritually mature and gained wisdom by listening to the point of view of those who I may disagree with. It would be nice if all Christians shared the same opinions on all topics, but here in the real world that simply is not the case. One of the most harmful side effects of the divisions in the Church is that we often rob ourselves of the valuable perspectives of others when we throw their input away because we disagree with them in regards to a certain non-essential doctrine or even a social or political issue. God uses Democrats AND Republicans, Baptists AND Methodists, Pentecostals AND Catholics, Conservatives AND Liberals. Some of you might not believe that statement, but your opinion does not change the Truth. I have often wondered if Jesus was with us today in the flesh, what political party would He join? What denomination would He choose? Who would He endorse for president? Hopefully, we ALL know the answers to these questions.
I often read the thoughts of others who have opinions that I might not totally agree with. I feel that I gain wisdom and even Truth by reading what they are saying. I regularly post this information to my Facebook and Twitter feeds hoping that others will read and glean the same insight that I have. However, I must admit that I often wonder if some who might read these articles think, “Does Eric agree with everything written in this post?” Obviously the answer to that question is, “No.” But again, I find value in what they are saying. I am secure enough in my own relationship with God and the foundations of my theological and political beliefs to listen to the views of others. And, perhaps God might even use them to give me a different perspective; after all it would be very arrogant of me to think that I had a monopoly on correct theology and Christian living.
For the record, I consider myself to be a very conservative Christian. Not conservative to the teachings of a certain religious denomination or even conservative to American church culture and tradition but VERY conservative in regards to the principles and teachings found in the Bible, as I understand them. And, I do consider the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God.
In the past day, I have read a few interesting blog posts from Michael Gungor. While I do not agree with him in regards to everything he has said; I do believe he makes some good points. If you are up for a wrestling match in regards to a few subjects involving American church culture, I invite you to read the posts that I have linked below: