Many bloggers have participated in the Rally to Restore Unity (see more info and make a donation for clean water here), and it's been great reading their posts. I thought I would highlight some quotes from several posts I have read:
- From Jon Coutts' This Side of Sunday:
Sometimes I hear people lament post-modernity as the denial of Absolute Truth. But that's not the take-away point from post-modernity, if you ask me. The point is that none of us should claim Absolute Knowledge of the Truth. But this doesn't mean we don't believe the Truth is out there. We may in fact believe that Truth is a Person, Jesus Christ, who wants to be known in time, and sends His Spirit precisely for this purpose. With this belief we can see good reason to love and to speak with passion, kindness,humility and patience. Listening helps too. I can't believe how important listening is and how rarely it seems to really happen.
- From Charissa's Light Bulbs and Baby Steps:
[...] the more I try to homogenize the Body of Christ, the smaller and smaller it gets, until it's whittled down to just me.
- I couldn't pull just one quote from Ian Cameron McLaren's post on cynicism. I could have written it myself as it is exactly what I've gone through - it's basically my post on "snark" but much better written!
- From Jessica Harmon's The Life and Times of an Aspiring Linguist:
Apparently, there are Christians who believed that if we disagreed on a single point, then my eternal soul was in danger. So I started looking in to stuff. Young Earth Creationism. Intelligent design. Faith healing. Ordination of women. Homosexuality. Transubstantiation. Universalism. Predestination. All of these things that have been discussed and argued over throughout history.
It seems like we have taken those arguments and made them into what being a Christian is about. Instead of concentrating on what has united us through the centuries, we get stuck up on ridiculous arguments that no one’s going to win because there are proof texts and logic on both sides. What do we have in common? Christ, for goodness sake! We are called Christians after all.
- From Susie Finkbeiner's Periwinkle Peacock:
[...]nothing much is accomplished when all involved refuse to communicate, choosing only to rant and rave. Using Scripture (often far out of context) and self-righteousness (not the good kind) we plow over each other when, really, we probably agree on more than we know. We just don't take the time to understand one another.
- From Wendy McCaig's View from the Bridge:
While I hate the name calling, judgment and fighting as much as anyone, Christian unity is NOT “just getting along.” It is not pretending we all agree. It is not ignoring each other. It is not pretending our differences are minor. It is not the absence of diversity of thought. It is not easy. It does not require we sell out or give up our own beliefs. It is messy. It is painful. It does require we respect one another. It will require more voice be given to those historically excluded from the conversation. It may require a shift in the power structures that currently control the Christian dialog. It is a mystery. It is spiritual in nature. It is worth the pain. It is God’s desire. It is achievable through Christ spirit.