Sunday, March 25, 2007

It is decidely so.

I've been thinking a lot about being right. And I think we're all obsessed with it. I don't know if its a yearning for validation. Or if its a desire to be on top. I dont know. I just dont know. Its like with a Magic Eight Ball. You ask it a question and you shake it and you turn it over hoping it says "It is decidely so" or "Without a doubt" or "Signs point to yes." With live life turning over Magic Eight Balls in our minds... hoping we're always right. Always wanting to be right.

What's bad about that mentality, is that it infects our hearts. We are more concerned with coming out on top than about the well being of others. More concerned about being right than about making a difference. If someone isn't a follower of Jesus, and they don't agree with my stance on Creationism, I don't think I should sit down and give them a point-to-point Biblical exhortation showing them evidences of why Creationism is the better thought system over Evolution. I don't think that makes a difference in Eternity. It makes a difference in my ego, sure. But I don't think my best methods should revolve around trying to convince someone to think and believe just like me.

And its the same within the walls of the Christian faith. If we disagree on Biblical view points or about what a Christian world view should be comprised of.... who cares? I mean really, who cares? What does it really matter? We argue and fight and cause more division trying to make the Magic Eight Ball give us the response we want.

But Ephesians says there is "one body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all..." ONE ONE ONE ONE ONE! Unity is talked about along with patience and humility and dealing with eachother in love. We... us... me... you... we have to get to a point where the Me is not what's important. The Us... the universal church.... the body of Christ is whats important. Unity in "one body" and "one faith." Can we disagree? Sure. That's the beauty of this mosaic of Christian faith. But should it get in the way of "loving your neighbor as yourself"? NO. Never.

But it is. It is. Our desire... your desire... my desire to be right gets in the way of a world that needs help. Like my step dad used to tell me, I need to "suck it up." We need to get over ourselves and our petty discrepancies. We need to stand up and say we aren't perfect, we don't agree on every detail, but we are still ONE. And in that unification, there is strength to make a difference. Power to change.