It’s hard to be unanimous. All you need to prove this is to put two people in a car at lunchtime. When it comes to a decision of significant importance, unanimity is almost unheard of. Christians are no different that the rest of the world. Of all people, why can’t we all agree?
Let me give you an example. Last night, there was an outdoor music event. It was arranged by Christians, featured Christian music and prayer. Certainly, it was clear that they set aside their differences in order to come together for this event. In fact, the hosts were Lutheran and Pentecostal pastors, polar opposites in terms of worship style.
Certainly, through the eyes of someone who isn’t a “church-goer” or perhaps doesn’t even believe in God, this was an unusual event. After all, the sheer number of Christian denominations is staggering and offers proof positive that there is no one way to view God. Right? Well, not really.
Tell me, why can’t we all agree?
Interestingly enough, there was one recent example of unanimity worthy of mention. Harvard University recently elected a new head chaplain, an atheist. He was elected, unanimously, by his peers. Let’s take one step back on this for a minute. You have to be one of the smartest people in the world to go to Harvard, yet they have an atheist chaplain!
What does this have to do with the local music festival? Plenty. As far as I’m concerned, Harvard can do whatever it wants, but I’m not obligated to follow its lead. As ridiculous as that is for institution of higher learning, the same thing is happening in “Christian” churches. For real.
Drawing the line?
Why can’t we all agree? At some point, we have to draw a line. I’m convinced that Jesus is our only means of salvation and that the bible is God’s revelation of himself. Lots of people, Christians included, don’t belief that. That’s their choice. But I am charged with the duty to be Christ’s ambassador, to represent him exactly as he directs me.
So, what happens when I notice a fellow Christian who is seriously off track? I point them to scripture. This becomes a teaching moment. What happens if the student refuses to be taught by Scripture? Well, then, we have a serious issue. Depending upon the particular topic, we may have to part ways with matters of faith. Are we fellow human beings, yes, but brothers in faith? No.
Does that appear ridiculous to the outside world? Perhaps.
How about the music festival? Honestly, I couldn’t help think that some of the churches and pastors represented were of sore need to hear the gospel message themselves. Their well-professed beliefs on certain issues are difficult to reconcile with the plain language of the bible.
And if we don’t come to agreement? Well, sometimes it means I have to go my own way.