Morals of the Clone Wars 1.21: Liberty on Ryloth

Moral: “Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised.”

The church has hurt itself over the centuries by being stubborn. Actually, it’s the people within the church (who are the church, of course, but it tends to be more individuals than a collective force in this case) who hurt the church. Yes, there are absolutes in Christianity. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. We all have sinned. God loves the world. There is a Heaven and a Hell.

Yet there are plenty of things the Bible doesn’t spell out too clearly: the details over Eucharist (Christ tells us to have communion, but He doesn’t get into the how and when of it); the details of baptism (again Christ tells us to be baptized, but He doesn’t go into the specifics of it other than His example); when Christ will return (Revelation may give us clues, but Christ Himself says that He doesn’t know the day or hour). There are plenty of areas where we should be able to not let our differences of interpretation divide us. Christ said the church is to be a place of unity. And it hasn’t been.

Of course, people are going to disagree over what is absolute and what is compromisable. It takes mature believers to be able to come to a place where they can recognize, accept and maybe even understand other people’s interpretations of the Bible without needing to change theirs. And maybe that’s not so much a compromise as an attempt to agree to disagree and not that come between each other.

And there are places where we don’t compromise: the Jedi don’t compromise with the Sith, for example. But within our own walls, unity should be the standard. Again, it takes mature believers to be able to work toward unity. Which is why it is important that we are about discipleship, helping people to grow in their faith. Not that we become clones of each other, but that we have the wisdom and discernment to know which issues are important and which ones are less, so that we can find the compromise. Even if that means simply allowing a place to disagree.

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~ by Dave on April 20, 2010.

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