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Aug. 13th, 2004 @ 10:46 pm
From the Undulating Rabbit Trail....
Little Bunny Fu-Fu
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September 5th, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: How Far Down Does The Rabbit Hole Go?
Well from reading over the posts, I know I'm in deep water with this community and hope I can make a moderately intelligent post. I always knew I should check out seminary :-)
Thanks AgentGross for the message, both on the board and this morning. I totally agree that it is easy to love the enemy of your country, but not your personal enemy.
As some of the previous posts mentioned, division is a huge issue, both pre-supposed and real, in the Church. It is serious, it needs always to be addressed. When thinking about how we are to be the Body of Christ, I think about cells. Cells pull apart when dividing, often to different purposes and ends. Different areas of the genome will be utilized for the production of different proteins that ultimately leads to different functions. What Jesus talks about in the macro level (an eye, a hand, a foot) can easily be seen on the micro level as well. One cell cannot say to another, I don't need you...
However what does a muscle cell in the finger know about a cell in the ear? Yet both are important. If the Church could see division as a way of growth, of expanding, of interaction with other very different styles and methods for enrichment, but not necessarily for change. I have learned much from different denominations and even different faiths, as have most of you I imagine. I've been "blessed" and can leave saying, "wow, that was awesome..you don't work like me, look like me or act like me, but we're still working off of the same Genome..."
At a retreat last year, a lady spoke to us "young people" about the generational gap. Our parents, and grandparents are regarded by many of us with snooty disdain for their way of doing church. It's formal, unrelational, old-fashioned, scripted, etc. But she challenged us to see from their perspective. Many have bent as far as they could for us and cannot change any further. In all probability, we too will be like them in several decades. I must therefore accept them, not necessarily to change, but to embrace their faith as part of this thing called Church, to accept their presence as being part of the Body. From that, I will never speak badly about their methods again, Lord help me.