Who decides who’s right and who’s wrong and whose in and whose not? Surely such matters are subjective…
Coming from a fundamentalist Pentecostal background into a more liberal tradition has caused me a certain amount of theological stress. I don’t agree with some of my colleagues and I don’t agree with their approach to theology at times. But I do respect them and I have learnt a lot from them. When I was looked at with suspicion by conservatives they allowed me the space to question what I believed, thus enabling me room to come to my own decision. These are God honouring men and woman who are seeking to serve Jesus faithfully and love God with all their heart and mind. Do they check all the theological boxes I’d like them to? No they do not. Ultimately I have had to learn (and I am still learning to sit comfortably with the unease that comes with having my theological framework challenged.
One person wisely made the comment that they would need to know what “I” meant by each word before they could make a decision. I though this comment was very interesting because it spoke to the subjectivity of label making. What we decide about someone is ultimately determined by what we believe. Not them.
The tendency to herd is strong in us. Yet we must resist the tendency to look for sheep like ourselves and instead constantly look for the Shepherd.
Interesting post Mark. As someone who came from a very conservative Pentecostal background, and rejected their doctrine in a pendulum swing reaction to the other side. I’ve found myself back on the more conservative theological side. Although this is still very different from the heretical group I grew up in. Which I’m sure you are familiar with since it is the same group that Brian grew up in as well. I still don’t feel that I can explain my beliefs coherently. But I guess that is why I’m in seminary huh?
Joshua, my own journey theologically sounds very familiar to your own and yes, I studied because I wanted to learn as apposed to being indoctrinated.
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