Ron Sider - Inviting Us Back Center
One of my life mantras is that balance is something we swing through on our way to the other extreme. I thought of that mantra as I read Ron Siders An Open Letter to This Generation in this months Relevant magazine.
Sider, a respected justice advocate for the last few decades, seems concerned that we have lost some of our core orthodoxy and orthopraxis. His four questions to this generation are:
- Are you in danger of neglecting evangelism in your passion for social justice?
- Are you in danger of abandoning an affirmation of moral and intellectual truth?
- Will you honor your marriage vows?
- As you seek to respect the dignity of gay/lesbian people, have you wrestled carefully with the Churchs teaching on homosexuality?
This article is worth reading and then thinking about. I found myself re-asking questions about universal truth, proclamation evangelism, and a grace-filled and theologically grounded approach to homosexuality as a result. How about you? Do you think we’re well-intentioned but we’ve gone a bit too extreme?
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