There are things that are right and true. There are things that are wrong and false. And then there are opinions which skirt about both of those. These are the places where it is easy to become partisan and entrenched when the true path to truth lies within a mixture of both.
I believe that applies very much to the common evangelical scene at the moment. I personally feel caught between a rock and a hard place because I’m not where I was.
There are things I hold to as being true. Things I have found to be false. And then there is everything else that either needs more thought or will never be resolved. That’s where I am and am likely to remain.
However, let me say how that fits in to life in the church. What I desire is participation. People who will come on the Kingdom walk, discussing as we go, sharing our little bit of revelation, one with the other, without entrenchment leading to trench warfare. That gets people nowhere.
At this stage in life, early to mid thirties, I have launched out on the ‘further journey’…the path you take when you leave the comforts of home and the familiar and branch out simply because of the aching suspicion that there is ‘more than this.’ It is, as the prophet Jeremiah calls it, the call to seek the ‘ancient paths’, the ways that are always true, to discover as Paul says, life hidden with Christ in God. It is to echo the call of Abraham and leave your familiar place and go to the place God has prepared.
It is, in the truest sense, to hear the call ‘Follow me’ and to leave the familiar tools of your trade, ways of thinking, and discover the deeper life of holiness in Christ beyond a simplistic dualism of black and white.
The journey is towards a new simplicity of being able to say ‘to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.