Well, perhaps, this was coming. Kinda funny but…
We received a phone call last week from someone at the 700 Club. They informed us that Quest was chosen to be their recipient as ‘Church of the Week’ for an upcoming week. They wanted to fly out a TV crew to conduct a few interviews, take some shots and award us a plaque to honor our ministry and outreach. Honestly, it feels good to be ‘noticed’. Moreover, being highlighted to the largest christian television ministry in the world and their network is tempting. We respect them as brothers and sisters in Christ and acknowledge good things about their ministry. However, the pastoral staff agreed to decline the offer in light of some philosophical differences with the Christian Broadcasting Network and their most visible leader, Pat Roberston.
Although I’m at peace with the decision, I needed to take some time to examine a larger issue that I think, impacts so many of us if not ALL of us. It impacts me. What is it? It is our affinity to gather or converse with people that are only LIKE MINDED. Does this make sense? It’s so easy to befriend people that look like us, think like us, believe like us, talk like us, and live like us. But isn’t this how ‘homogenization’ takes place? This isn’t a call for us to live without values, convictions, and such but perhaps, an opportunity to examine if we’re willing to go beyond our comfort zone.
It’s too easy to label others too conservative, too liberal, or too fundamental. We become righteous Christians who make light of other Christians (my head lowered in confession right about now). On the other side, it’s tempting to label aspects of the secular culture as bad, evil, dangerous, and non-believers as horrible ‘pagans’.
My hope and prayer is that we as Questers would be secure in our faith and belief in the Triune God and because of that, be that much more compelled to build relationships with others in hopes that people may see the beauty and grace of Christ NOT ONLY evident in our lives but so that we may see God’s beauty in the lives of others. Let’s pray and work towards a Quest with a community of people that are different in many ways but bound by our desire to both follow Christ and/or learn more about this Jesus Christ.