Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A friend of mine recently suggested that 'emergent' believers of Jesus don't hold being 'right' a high value. On the other hand, many followers of Jesus think it's imperative that we are 'right' about the things of our faith. I have some questions about being absolutely right: ~ How do we know if we are absolutely right? ~ Even if we are right, what is the cost of being right? ~ Is being right a higher value than our love for God and our love for our neighbor? If being right is of higher value than living at peace with our neighbor, then we don't really take Jesus command to love our neighbor seriously. In I John 4, the disciple closest the the heart of Jesus writes, "7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." The text is clear that we are required to love one another and not simpy love God. Thus, it's not really an option if we are to love our neighbor. So, can being 'right' really be a value that is of more importance than loving our neighbor? Perhaps being 'right' is a value assigned to our faith by the reformation more than the biblical text.
Posted by Randy Buist at 1:29 AM