The internet has made two things very clear about the Christian community.
First, a lot of us love to be right. Second, we feel especially right when we can castigate someone else for being wrong.
Somewhere we got this idea that the thing God cares about most is that all of our theology is correct. Let me state that another way.
We act like we believe that what matters most to God is the intellectual ideas we agree with. So, when we come across folks whose intellectual ideas don’t line up with ours, we take it as a mission to correct them—as if our life (and perhaps eternity) depends on it.
This idea is destructive. It’s wrong. It undermines our capacity to love and tears down the witness of the church. It’s time we get over it.
Recently, I read a short book that illustrated this so well.[Read more…]