Jacob,
John Siegrist
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Hey John, thanks so much for the question!

I’m well aware that there are various discussions that fail to remain civilized when it comes to the topics you listed. But to describe my view on the discussion as “neat and tidy” is just a bit inaccurate. That’s why my diction includes the word “tension” to illustrate the uncomfortable and stirring effect these disagreements have among the Church.

My heart behind this story was not to promote agreement, but rather to promote relationship. I fully believe that two people can have violently opposing beliefs, yet, also have an intimately precious relationship with one another. Division among the church is an issue of priorities. Those who prioritize facts above love will experience division.

So to answer your question, people should be able to have an amazing, insightful, open-minded discussion and be mature enough to conclude with an agreement to disagree. When people still love each other even after knowing they have a conflicting belief about the Bible, that’s how you know they’ve truly been transformed by God and have the mind of Christ. Denominationalism says, “I won’t love or support you because you’re wrong.” Love says, “I see you for more than a set of beliefs and I want to steward deeper relationship with you no matter what.” That’s the Gospel. That’s an image of the heart of God. That’s Heaven on Earth.

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