This time it was in a Facebook group. It was a fight picked by some people who wanted to say they are right about who can and can’t receive communion in church. It’s a heady theological argument that has been going on for centuries and will probably go on for centuries more.
Their argument was…well, it really doesn’t matter. They were using a tactic that slammed those who disagree by claiming that opening up communion to non-baptized people was making church have less meaning. You know, claim your opposition is the cause of the downfall of the organization. Nice. Great Christian example to follow.
A great way to create conversation with differing sides right?
How many different things can we possibly fight about? Seriously. When will we learn that being right is not as important as so many other things in life. Maybe I should clarify. Having the right theology is important. Theology is supposed to guide our lives and dictate how we live. So having a good theology is important. It’s like having a solid foundation for a house. A foundation though is only good for one house. The point of a foundation is not to convince everyone else to have the same foundation. It’s to make your home more solid and firm so that you can live your life. Isn’t theology supposed to act the same way?
What’s the deal with the focus on being right anyway? Why do we make other people who disagree with us feel like crap or lay guilt at their feet? What are we trying to accomplish anyway? Are you trying to “save” everyone else? They maybe we should check our theology – it might need a little tune up. The last time I checked Christian theology, it claimed that Jesus was the Savior, not each of us. Our job isn’t to save other people. Rather it’s to proclaim the Good News, serve our neighbors joyfully, and live out our faith. How others respond is between God and them.
Maybe the point of being right is because we’re all so scared inside – afraid that what we believe is just a bunch of BS. So if we can get others to buy in, well, then there is strength in numbers – we must be right if others buy in right? It’s a form of self-validation. But really, it’s just us admitting that we have trust issues with God.
Here’s what I know – not much. The people I have met that are most confident in their faith don’t spend time trying to correct everyone else or shove their theology down others’ throats. They live their theology out each day – it’s their guiding principle. And they manage to do that without picking fights about religion and faith. They are too busy living our their calling to be bothered with fighting about it.