Tuesday, April 08, 2008

When do we disagree with other Christians?

Have been thinking a bit lately, following some interesting conversations at footy, about when it it and isn't appropriate to speak out against other Christians-particularly around those who don't really follow Jesus right now.

The first came up around the time of Heath Ledger's funeral, and I had a great conversation with a mate about how I was equally outraged at those Christians picketing his funeral with all their 'God Hates Fags' signs and crap. I think he was relieved to find that not all Christians are bigots on this one.

The other was a much more complex issue which I couldn't be bothered explaining here, but I did make it well known how strongly I disagreed with some people's actions. Not only because I do disagree, but because I think it is important for him to see two points of view on the issue.

But then i was challenged when reading some stuff in the bible about people knowing us by our love for each other, for our unity and stuff like that.

So perhaps my mates walked away from those conversations thinking how divisive and argumentative Christians are, and that they aren't actually that loving. Now i definitely wasn't way harsh to the people, but to their actions, but maybe not everybody can differentiate the difference?

I don't think there is a blanket answer for this one, and it probably just needs to be thought about case by case, but has got me thinking.

1 comment:

owl said...

If we all did Galatians 5 (Fruits of the Spirit and not the Works of the Flesh), we wouldn't be divided. Now there's something for us all to aspire to.