I'm not just talking Ganesh vs Ra vs Buddha vs Yaweh.... I'm talking, do I serve a different God than my Christian brothers and sisters? You know, the sisters who are Calvinists or the brothers who believe it's a sin for a woman to speak in church or the people who believe in a literal seven day creation story. It might seem an absurd question to some but it must be asked regardless because at times we act like we've got our own personal deities. Upon hearing divergent view points I admit, sometimes I think, "That's not the God I serve." And while the character traits of the God they're describing may be unfamiliar to the one I understand and know, we ARE nevertheless serving the same God. He is dealing with us all, regardless of if we can agree with each other long enough to see it.
I often feel at war with myself. Part of me wants to be able to just write people off: That person believes something whacked out, so they obviously can't be a believer. Or- that girl is obviously in denial about what the Bible is really saying in that passage, she must be a nominal Christian. Or- that guy thinks the Virgin Mary is kind of a big deal, he must be an idolator. But the more I try to homogenize the Body of Christ, the smaller and smaller it gets, until it's whittled down to just me.
The other part of me longs to make sense out of the obvious reality that we're all so beautifully different. But God doesn't seem to have any intentions of making us beautifully the same any time soon...as much as we may want that. I confess that sometimes I despair of this fact. I like things to fit neatly in a box, with no loose ends. It doesn't make sense to me when my roommate who I love, and who I know is honestly seeking the Lord, doesn't come to the same theological conclusions as I do. We're both open to correction, both open to seeing truth in the other's side if it is there, and yet we remain firmly separated in our understandings of certain things. At times both of us have exasperatingly asked God, "What are you doing? When are you going to show one of us that the other one was right? Or even that we were both wrong?" These are valid questions. God could, at any time, snap his fingers and we'd all be in complete unity in regards to what our lives as Believers should look like. But I suspect that if we were to wait around for those things to happen, there'd be a lot of waiting going on.
As lame as the title of my blog is, it conveys a question that is often on my heart. When we come to an understanding or have that light bulb going on moment, our next question should be, what now? How do we move forward from here? We are in agreement that the Church is pretty diverse, so h