We admittedly represent what might look to others as one of the more “prickly” and “irritating” parts of our community.
The next sentence is not intended to be hurtful, but to be honest with ourselves and with you (read that again if you must).
As an evangelical, charismatic, republican-leaning, Christians of German/English and Irish heritages, we think Jesus is the only way to God;
There, we said it.......…but we hope you'll keep reading......
If people can’t admit and understand the differing, deep convictions we all hold can we really expect to find ways to work together? We get it that some might feel rejected in that statement and probably feel similarly about us; that what we believe is, in their view, false and distorted. Right? Let’s openly admit those things.
And move past them with listening and respect.
One person said, "Let’s just avoid the tough topics and try to find where we agree." We agree, partially, we must find where we can work together. However, turning the light down low enough that we all look the same in the partial dark won’t help us to stop bumping into each other and stepping on each other’s toes. Political, Racial, Religious, Moral differences don’t go away in the dark. Better to turn the light up where we can see clearly how we are similar and different. Then we can see better how to avoid each other’s toes.
If we are to have the moral strength to resist evil and persevere to real change we will all need to hold our convictions deeply and publicly…we will all need to have those convictions tested and challenged by one another.
And we must find ways to work together to serve those most in need in our community.
We are in. Will you come and journey with us for the sake of Frederick and the surrounding communities?
Let’s build some solid Bridges of trust and respect.