I pass…


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So someone asks me “what do you think of – – – book” or “- – – author” who’s been controversial recently?  He (or she) is an influential Christian writer or thinker or pastor, and has written some things that are controversial – and EVERYONE is taking sides…  Such and such seminary has taken THIS position, but this other seminary has yet to state its position toward the person…  “So what do YOU think Pastor Leo?”  Here’s what I think… I’ll pass on this one.  “But… it’s your job to defend the truth!”  Yeah but it’s not my job to judge other people…  In general, if the person is at all a thoughtful person within the realm of Christian teaching – there are some things I’d probably agree with – and other things I would not…  But it’s not my job to sit in judgment on other people…especially when they’re getting burned while trying to teach stuff about God!

And by the way, just because someone says something you don’t agree with, doesn’t mean they deserve to be verbally blasted (or “corrected”) for it.  It’s fine to say, “you think this,” but “I think this…”  Sometimes the difference is just a matter of how we say things (like quite a few of the theological controversies in Church history) – other times, the differences are substantial and one side is right, and other wrong…  But we’re not saved as a result of having all the answers…  One can have an *incomplete* understanding of Hell, or of the Cross – and yet instead of trusting in one’s own orthodoxy to save oneself, trust in Jesus – and spend the rest of eternity learning more clearly what we now understand only as a dim reflection.

If you need an example for why this might be wise… do a few Google searches about how Christians first felt about C.S. Lewis when he wrote his children’s books.  He was blasted by many churches who were weirded out by his talking Lion Jesus-figure with an Arab name…  I can understand why they were upset – so for them the Narnia Chronicles weren’t any good.  But for me – C.S. Lewis helped ME on the path to knowing Jesus better…  It really isn’t our place to judge someone else’s servant…

So if you ever feel tempted to ask me about the latest Christian controversy “I pass…”  But if you want to talk about GOD, or the Bible…cool.  Pull up a seat and let’s do that…

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