October 7th, 2010 – by Laura Lehman Amstutz, Editors Blog
Could we, as Anabaptist, Mennonite, MC USA (insert your denomination here) churches relate to each other as family?
Could we take the risky and difficult stance that we don’t all have to agree on everything, but that we will continue to talk about it, forever, if necessary?
Could we decide that we love each other, even if one of us feels like the taken-for-granted older sister who never gets the glory, and another feels like the youngest brother everyone is always picking on?
Could we accept those who come and go in our family of churches with love, grace and dignity?
Could we be that open to one another?
Our culture is becoming increasingly dichotomized. With us or against us. Right or left. Inside or outside. The cultural climate in the United States is threatening to pull the church apart. Television shows, political rallies and news programs are teaching us that the only way to relate is to shout loudly at those who believe differently. And if they persist in believing something different, then you should defame and vilify them.
Could we have a radical, truly Anabaptist peace witness in the world by doing one simple, but difficult thing, learning to listen and agreeing to love each other despite differences?
Well, could we?
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