Friday, December 15, 2006

Why I Am a Nazarene: Reason Number 2, We Aren't Fundamentalists, but We'll Sit in the Pew Next to One


Now that I've thoroughly bashed things Funda-Reformed, I would like to give balance to yesterday's reason. I love the church of the Nazarene and I am a Nazarene precisely because an Open theist such as me can sit in the pew next to a Fundamentalist. Not only can we sit in the pew next to one another, but we can share/receive Holy Eucharist together, praise be to God Almighty.


It is extraordinary that the Christ of Our Lord chose disciples of such varying background. Christ called together the tax collector and the zealot, and we know that for the most part they lived, worked, ministered, and worshiped well together. Imagine the love and grace it must have taken for Jesus to bring together such opposing personalities. Yet he is at work in us today. Lion and lamb next to each other in the same pew, worshiping in faith community with one another.


Despite my impassioned plea against the verbal/epistemological inerrancy of fundamentalism, I will make room in the seat next to me any day. This is what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ahh, Wesley's "Catholic Spirit!"

mfisteach said...

"I will make room in the seat next to me any day. This is what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God." AMEN brother---when will we all "get" this?????? I not only have room next to me for fundamentalists---I have room for Catholics, Jews, Muslims and even Baptists----LOL---probably not a popular "Nazarene" theology, but a greatttttt BIBLICAL one---
SIS