Christians in Chicago celebrated the New Year with not only with prayer and praise; but also with a "ton" of concern. Their concern? That 2013 would be a year where Biblical doctrine would be massaged and manipulated to satisfy the masses. There are concerned that Christians would be more and more accepting of things once “thought" to be wrong.
Christians residing in Chicago, when asked to articulate their greatest religious concern in 2013, stated that the power behind God's word was being misused: by Christians and non-Christians alike.
Said one Chicagoan:
“One need only look at the recent decision by the church to allow same sex couples to ascend to the office of bishop ( men only); so long as they are not having sex. What Bible did that come from? When the church decides that the Bible can be modified or that the word can be reinterpreted, we are all in big trouble. So much for every jot and tittle!”
The issue extends far beyond decisions such as this. According to one
Christian, it goes much "deeper,"
"One need only look at the most recent shooting in Aurora Colorado. One decision; and 4 people end up dead. The natural inclination of all of us is to call for action. But action is not always Biblical. You cannot merely pass a law to make issues like these go away. You want to; but you can't. When Jesus said render unto Cesar; He was speaking to those of us who try to legislate religious practices. It cannot be done. It only furthers the divide between those who are and are not faithful."
The solution, said another Christian interviewed for this article, is not very easy or obvious.
"First, we as Christians have to be more Biblical ourselves. We cannot stack rank sin; we cannot believe that there is such a thing as more right or less right. We have to become agents of life, and not adversaries. I'm not saying that we tolerate; but we do have to share honesty while we are sharing love. The solution is not to change God's word. The solution is to share it without judgment, and without force. We need to go back to the kid’s game of show and tell. Show me how to apply it (God's word); tell me what it says. "
Who knows what impact hearing without judgment or prejudice can have.
Source: I4U News