Why It’s Okay To Disagree

I usually avoid zombie movies. I’ve never really been into the genre. However, this one scene is worth watching because it discusses an essential flaw in human nature. We like to agree that we all believe correctly.

I see it a lot lately in Christianity. It’s not enough to be a Christian anymore, but one had to be a Christian and a Calvinist and a complementarian and etc. Christians that aren’t, well, they really aren’t Christians according to the right definition of Christianity. They might as well be heretics or apostates or backslidden. Without Devil’s Advocates to balance their theology, they run rampant with their “rightness” over everybody else who is dead wrong to their way of thinking.

Devil’s advocates were an important part of church tradition to test out the soundness of their logic and theology. But over the centuries, many denominations has severed ties with it’s tradition and history so much so that they forgot to have checks and balances. Our theology should never have gotten so black and white, right and wrong, my way or the high way. Sadly, as long as it is, we will always find ourselves unprepared for the eventuality that humanity got it wrong. We’re so busy agreeing that we’re right that we can’t see the flaws that are in our nature.

The difference is that I’ve spent a fair amount of time as a Devil’s Advocate, I’m willing to admit that I’m wrong, that my understanding is mistaken, that my logic is flawed, out of my very human nature. It doesn’t mean that Christianity is in and of itself at fault. But other Christians want to tell me not only what to believe, but how to carry out those beliefs without considering that they carry the exact same flaw in their human nature when it comes to Christianity.

Look at it this way, our founding fathers gave us a ‘trinity’ in our government: judicial, legislative, and executive branches. They saw to it to add checks and balances, so that one could not go too far without the others to reign them back in. They got that idea from somewhere. They saw that in the old country state and church were allies that controlled what people could believe and how they could live. They didn’t have checks or balances and as a result were destructive both spiritually and physically.

Perhaps it’s a good idea for us to think about Christianity the same way, instead of assuming that our understanding is automatically correct because we all agree with it, we should examine all of the other perspectives and understand why there is disagreement. If what we do have is a simple difference of Biblical interpretation, then really both are valid and Arminians and Egalitarians are just as Christian as the rest of their brothers and sisters in the faith. Forcing them to come to any other way of thinking really isn’t doing anybody any good. Which means denominational differences really don’t divide us eternally, those who sing “When we all get to heaven” don’t mean “When all baptists get to heaven …” or “When all Lutherans get to heaven …” There really isn’t one right way of being right.

We have common ground in Christ Jesus, and I suspect, so much more; if we’d stop arguing over which of us is right, but accepted all of us as being right in our own way.


...Anyway, that's just how I feel about it ... What do you think?

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