I don't always agree with you

I don’t always agree with you
It’s pretty common that someone will send a comment that says something like “I don’t always agree with you but you say some good stuff”.  These comments have never really bothered me however they do make me think.  I expect to disagree with people.  I don’t think it is all that important for Christians to reach some form of theological comformity.  Modernity has told us to find the universal principle or the scientific fact and everyone using the proper methodology should arrive at the same conclusion. I don’t think this is true with God.   If the bible tells us that our perspective on God is a blend of things such as His word and our personal experience with Him should we not expect to understand God differently.  I’m not saying that we can make up our own God.  God is absolute, unchanging and timeless. However the way He relates to each one of us is personal.   

I don’t want people to agree with me all the time.  I want to learn and I want to be challenged.  I seek out relationships with people that look at things differently than I do.  If I point people to another blog it isn’t because I’ve officially approved everything they write.  I just find value in what they write.    Sometimes people will reject an author because they find fault with a few things that author writes.  I think that is just silly. 

I work with Jordon Cooper and we hang out quite a bit.  We share the same perspective on a lot of things.  However we disagree on things quite a bit.  He’s Wesleyan and I’m an Anabaptist.  He has been a pastor for 7 years, I was once a “church leaver”.  Jordon reads a lot and he knows a lot.  It would be completely ridiculous for me to think that he and I should agree on everything.  Despite the fact that we share different perspectives on a lot of things I believe in Jordon.  I believe that God uses Jordon. I see that Jordon makes a significant effort to be faithful to God with his knowledge and gifting.  Thats more than I can say for a lot of Christians. 

In 1Cor 4:2 Paul says that “stewards” (of the mysteries of God) should be found faithful.  That is what I look for when I consider Christian teachers and leaders.

  1. #1 by John Campea on September 1, 2003 - 9:40 pm

    You’re wrong Leighton. Jordon is a big jerk who dresses funny and has an unhealthy love for sucky hockey teams.


  2. #2 by tk on September 1, 2003 - 10:58 pm

    I too, disagree.

  3. #3 by Robert Williams on September 2, 2003 - 11:29 am

    Leighton, you wrote If the bible tells us that our perspective on God is a blend of things such as His word and our personal experience with Him should we not expect to understand God differently.

    This is an interesting idea. Where in the Bible do you find the idea that our perspective on God does/should include “our personal experience with Him”?

  4. #4 by Leighton Tebay on September 2, 2003 - 3:00 pm

    1Cor 2:1-5

    Paul came in demonstration of the Spirit and power so the Corithians would come to faith in the power of God, not the wisdom of men.

    Personal experience with God’s power shapes our faith.

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