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Are you really making a difference for Christ if you are avoiding conflict? | Christopher Coleman

Are you really making a difference for Christ if you are avoiding conflict?

Dare to Disagree

You may have noticed that my last blog, Does your Decision on the Affordable Care Act Reflect your Decision to Follow Christ, and the Shane Claiborne article, “What if Jesus Meant All that Stuff”, that I shared on Facebook on August 29th, have been a little controversial. It is not my intent to make it controversial as much as I want it to be thought-provoking. I believe as Christians we sometimes get content in our own way of thinking, and anybody who thinks outside of that box is not one of us and, therefore, doesn’t have a relationship with Christ. I believe there are some fundamental principles that we all should have if we want to follow Christ, but God has given us the ability to think and reason so that we would not become religious in our way of life. I believe there is nothing wrong with questioning what you have been told if you are seeking the answers to know the truth and not prove what you believe or want. Sometimes the answers we are looking for can only be found in challenging what we have been told and dealing with disagreement and conflict.

 

At this point, you can dismiss everything I say as self-motivated rhetoric. But let me ask you this: What would my life have been like if my family chose to accept the prediction the doctors gave me based on my birth? They said that I would never move, walk, or talk. I would be a complete vegetable for the rest of my life. And they classified me as mentally disabled. This grim diagnosis came from their years of education and experience. If my family did not disagree with the diagnosis, I would not even be able to write this post I am writing today. Change happens when we play the devil’s advocate and allow someone to reverse the role on us. Truth is found when a possible solution is investigated and challenged. I think we lose a lot of opportunity to share Christ because it requires us to understand the atheist point of view and still be able to articulate the Truth of God. I want to share with you a video I saw on TED called Dare to Disagree.

“…it requires that we find people who are very different from ourselves. That means we have to resist the neurobiological drive, which means that we really prefer people mostly like ourselves, and it means we have to seek out people with different backgrounds, different disciplines, different ways of thinking and different experience, and find ways to engage with them. That requires a lot of patience and a lot of energy. And the more I’ve thought about this, the more I think, really, that that’s a kind of love. Because you simply won’t commit that kind of energy and time if you don’t really care.” -Margaret Heffernan

Check out this video and let me know what you think. http://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_dare_to_disagree.html

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