Thursday, October 25, 2007

Who is Disqualified?

I am just back from Africa, and logic might tell you that this entry would be about my time there, but I am often on the other side of logic. Today I am thinking more about the people that we as Christians disqualify from having worth. Churches are built both buildings and people, to reach people and this is good. he tragedy is these churches often are only looking to have people like us there. The "Boomer" thought of churches endorses such thinking. I argue that the Jesus way of thinking challenges this line of thought in some significant ways. As Christians we are called to build relationships with all people, especially those who are not just like us. The church is not to be a place where people look the same, talk the same and think the same. I guess it comes down to the words that many attribute to John Wesley, actually it is Augustine, in the essentials unity, in the doubtful things liberty, but in all things love. The only essential is Jesus, and what his life, death and resurrection opens for each person on the face of the planet. Everything else is a opportunity for growth and discussion along the journey of faith. There are far less absolutes than I once thought there to be, but there is still Jesus, and a call for people to radically live like Jesus calls us to live.


Heidi said...

I have always loved this quote by Augustine and found myself agreeing with it more and more as time goes by. Jesus is the key.
And welcome home!

Tammi said...

Yes, it is true and sad that the doors to the church are not open, as Jesus arms are, to all. We all need to look deep into our hearts and think of that all to used saying, and really address it.........
"What would Jesus do??"
Thanks for your thoughts Aaron, and welcome home.
God bless