strength in diversity

My kids and I have recently watched two very good movies – “Glory Road” (about the 1965-66 NCAA basketball team from TX with 7 African Americans and 5 white players that won the NCAA Championship that year) & “42” (about Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player to play MLB).  Both of these movies have lots of really powerful messages, one of which relates to the strength that comes from being inclusive rather than exclusive.

In my thinking, this lesson is true not only in racial contexts but also in lots of different applications.  If you consider the recent firestorm the John MacArthur has launched against Charismatics, perhaps there are some lessons for both sides of this controversy.  And maybe the overarching lesson for both sides of this controversy is that  the Holy Spirit would challenge us to be better at genuine love than in our abilities to beat each other up over our theological differences – Romans 5:5 🙂

volatile

Ok friends, I’m writing this blog knowing that I’m stepping into some very serious controversy.  In the past several weeks there have been lots of feedback on John MacArthur’s book, “Strange Fire”, a book that takes a critical position of the Charismatic movement in today’s world.  There are more than enough brilliant people taking sides on Mr MacArthur’s position – in both opposition and support.  Whatever your thoughts or opinions are about Charistmatics or Mr MacArthur’s beliefs, let’s keep in mind what Paul says about the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21.  Such works include not only immorality and idolatry, but the works of the flesh also include:  enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions and factions.  Let’s remember that Jesus prayed that we, His followers, would be one like He is one with the Father, John 17:21-22.

No matter if you agree or disagree with Mr MacArthur, if we are followers of Jesus, then we don’t need to be disagreeable with a fellow follower of Jesus – smile 🙂