Tuesday, October 28, 2008

From PC(USA) Moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow - Code-words People Should Really Stop Using

I sometimes feel that I harp on the issue of "being fair to each other" to the point of repetition. So, I'll keep this brief. The following comes from PC(USA) moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow's blog. He's commenting on our (specifically, PC(USA) Christians, although I'm sure it applies elsewhere) well-refined art of verbal attack:

SHOT: "We are striving for Biblical faithfulness."
READ: "Our reading and interpretation of the Bible is the right one and, not only is your interpretation wrong, you probably are not even faithful in your reading."

SHOT: "We are loving, thoughtful and welcoming."
READ: "You are only driven by hate and ignorance . . . and you probably REALLY like injustice."
There are some real divisions in our denomination right now. It's understandable that lines are being drawn and tempers are short. Even so, we really must work harder at treating each other with charity and respect. As the hymn says, "They'll know we are Christians by our love." If that love isn't present, how will "they" know?

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