(Message given at Newberg Friends Church on June 29, 2014)
For the last couple of years, I have been wrestling with what I am beginning to think is one of the fundamental divides in Christianity.
It comes out in a variety of ways, but I’ve summed it up most recently a couple of weeks ago like this: Do we think God is ultimately and fundamentally dividing/separating/judging the world, or do we think God is ultimately and fundamentally trying to unify/love/redeem the world?
Saying it that way betrays my belief…it makes the second sound better. A more fair way to state the distinction is to talk about who God is and what God is doing. One way would say, “God is holy, and God’s loving actions are to rescue humanity from sinfulness.” Another would say, “God is loving, and God’s sacrificial actions are to bring humanity into right relationship with Jesus…
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