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Is Jesus a Conservative or a Liberal?
Today’s sermon will surely generate discussion for some time to come. Calling attention to our need to reexamine our “oral tradition” concerning instrumental music and restrictions on women is no small matter. It is as though there has been a large elephant in the room that everyone is aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Some will surely become very excited thinking that the church is about to change dramatically. Many will be optimistic about this and many others depressed or even angry. However, calling attention to the elephant in the middle of the room is NOT advocating doing anything about it necessarily, except acknowledging its presence. Then we are in a position to talk about it and decide if the Lord desires us to make any changes, or to leave things as they are. But for the sake of our teens and young adults especially, we must address the subjects!
Unfortunately, I fear that in the midst of highlighting these two areas in need of discussion we run the danger of missing the heart of Jesus’ message; which is the heart! There is no way we can preserve the unity of the Spirit if evil is coming out of our hearts. The track record of churches talking about sensitive subjects is not good. Because of this churches are reluctant to honestly examine controversial issues. The problem is not in talking about difficult topics but in the arrogance and slanderous manner in which church folks conduct themselves. If we will all repent of the evil that lives within our hearts we will surely be able to talk about any subject, no matter how controversial, and together discern the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. True followers of Christ would not have it any other way.