A lot of thoughts have been going through my mind as we’ve wrestled together with the issue of how to respond as followers of Christ to the social debate regarding a national public policy on abortion.
In some ways I’m unnerved by the fact that this is one more subject over which many of us find ourselves in fairly tense disagreement. We don’t disagree about whether abortion is wrong. But many of us do disagree about the best way respond to the social problem.
Am reminded that a stated purpose of this blog is “to come together around the issues that divide us.”
We’ve been doing that on a range of issues including but not limited to our varying views about the end times, marital roles, divorce, abuse, political partisanship, the emerging church, The Shack, church music and probably a lot more subjects that elude me right now…
In most cases I think the experience has been good for us, even when we have to apologize for getting overheated and going after one another rather than the issue.
But maybe this is a good time to remind ourselves that what we agree about is usually embedded somewhere in the conflict.
Thankfully, we don’t need to be embarrassed about disagreeing even intensely. We all know the proverbs that talk about friends helping one another the way “iron sharpens iron” and that safety is found in a multitude of counselors (many points of view on an issue).
My view is that one of the reasons its good to talk about the kinds of issues that divide us is that they give us a chance to go a little further in discovering together the difference between what God has said– and what we are guessing about.
It’s not an exact science, but more like an art. Thanks for helping to make it an enjoyable if bumpy ride :-)…
Am hoping our Lord will give us a few more miles together, as a prelude to forever…..