Thursday, October 23, 2008

Diversity seeking Unity

I have spent the last three days at a meeting of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. We are trying to define a response for the MCSA to the Civil Unions of Gay\Lesbian Christians. This has identified two deeply held convictions that asks for mutual respect and understanding. It is hard to eat\talk\pray\sing with someone who believes something diametrically opposed to my own views. But I am convinced that following Jesus will always ask us to travel together with people who are 'not like me'. And it is in this encounter that we find opportunity for growth. Brian Jennings puts it this way: 'When we stand at the foot of the Cross we leave our differences up to Jesus'.

2 comments:

bugs said...

Strangely enough I do agree somewhere there needs to be space for diversity and no matter where we stand on this (and many other issues) it is still by this that all people will know that we are His disciples: if we love one another. It does leave lots of questions though...

becky said...

Amen.

becky