I’ve been thinking, reading through some of the Christian oriented blogs out there and the comments posted. And I will admit to feeling somewhat of a malaise about the blogoshpere lately. Seems like there is a lot of arguing going on about what people are saying about how they relate to God. This person says that, while another person says this. That is right, but this is definitely wrong. Questions are asked; Where do you stand on this? How do you feel about that? No one should ever say this about that. (I know, I know. Look who’s calling the kettle black, right?)
Then of course we get into the heated debates about what it is that God said about this or that, or even what God wants for this or that. There is never a full consensus, even among Christians. How many denominations? I can’t remember; is it 1,000 or 10,000? And every single one of them claiming to hold the TRUTH. (About God, of all things. And we can’t even figure out a frog’s DNA yet.) But of course there can only be one truth, right? How fortunate that it just happens to belong to your particular group. (Actually, it belongs to mine. Sorry.)
The one thing that all these disparate groups seem to agree upon is that it is unacceptable to be equivocal. Tolerance is a bad word, especially when it comes to tolerating the idea that perhaps the whole of the truth cannot be contained, itemized, categorized and idolized. Although insisting (perhaps politely) that all dissenters are wrong, they will usually agree with each other that someone who avoids taking any dogmatic stance is patently inexcusable. Why, that person is guilty of relativism (really not that bad of word, friends) and is lacking conviction.
A clear conviction is sometimes having the humility to say that, though this is what I believe, I will respect you in your beliefs. No one likes a Know-It-All. And you know why? There’s no such thing. Even about mere matters of physics and the universe. To claim a unique and correct knowledge of God, to the exclusion of all others, certainly diminishes him and what he might possibly be capable of.