As delivered on Breakfast with Steve le Fevre this morning:
a great idea, but...
enthusiasm collapses when someone says the word 'but'. Sometimes you
sense it is going to happen. It can be deflating.
idea of the Christian church as a group of people who agree is grand.
Hopeless. But grand. We are about to celebrate eight days of prayer
for Christian unity. Different denominations will be getting together
for united services.
celebrate unity in Christ and there is a lot about which
Christians disagree. Lucy Tegg's show had an item last Sunday about
Anglican clergy and robes. This programme has featured discussions
about women bishops, same sex marriages and even where the new Bishop
of Bath and Wells should live.
Where two or three are gathered together in my name, Jesus didn't
say, there'll be a bit of a barney.
life, our news, our politics all operate on an oppositional model.
Disagreements are set up. This show would be much less fun to listen
to if that wasn't the case. We need to be reminded that not everyone
shares our point of view. Opposition helps us to make up our minds.
yet, the future might lie in the best of your ideas and
the best of mine. As long as neither of us gets too precious about
having things our own way.
don't want to advocate bland and wishy-washy niceness. Lord preserve
us from that. But today, for a change, why not stop yourself every
time you are going to say no and say, maybe. Or 'How could we make
that work?' And if you were going to say 'but' try saying 'and'