I’ve often asked for comments in opposition to my blogs, and recently I’ve been getting them. A danger of following a perfect God is that we tend to believe that our knowledge of him is perfect too. But if you don’t listen, you can’t learn. Some of us manage to get past doctrinal barriers put up by our denominations, but there is another barrier of our making: those who are skeptical about Jesus and the Bible. I’ve been challenged recently by comments from my cousin Ron, who is a Christian (and certainly not skeptical about Jesus) on facebook about my last post. But go ahead and check out comments on this site by kirk kirkjerk, particularly on my most recent blog and the one from July 31, about Chick-Fil-A.
I knew Kirk from a church youth group we were in way back when I was in college. We haven’t connected until recently when he started commenting on my blog. He makes some fantastic observations that help fine tune what I believe. There are many significant things we don’t agree on, but that’s fine with me. I’m sure I don’t agree with you on everything either. I gotta admit, it makes me nervous when I see “kirk kirkjerk” has left a new comment for me to explore. But, he always makes me think hard about the nature of God and the Bible. In fact, his comment on the last blog led me to new insight on God’s promise to Abraham. He hasn’t replied to it yet, so I’m typing quickly and anxiously.
Some of my the anxiety I experience has to do with the possibility of somebody finding a serious flaw in what I believe. But, if there is a serious flaw – I need to be willing to change it. That it might play out in front of hundreds of people makes it more risky. Since I’m writing a book that encourages Christians to take risks for their faith, it’s only fitting that I do the same.
There’s also the misconception that if we don’t believe exactly the same with someone about everything than we must be mortal enemies. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Thanks for the tough comments, Ron, Kirk and anyone else who has differing viewpoints. Keep ‘em coming.