I’ve got an idea that might get nowhere at all, but here it is. I’d prefer conversation over confrontation any time, and I think a lot of the time it is very easy to misconstrue someone’s argument over a medium like blogging because text is so neutral and the implied emotion behind it is so often obscured. Its also a medium that lends itself to a bit of anonymity – you can type things you’d never say personally because you’ll never have to.
Here’s the idea: I know there are some people out there who disagree with my theological stances, and who even seem to think that I represent Something Terrible in the Church. Obviously, I like my stances, and I don’t think I’m all that terrible.
What I want is a conversation, which we can post on our respective blogs. Basically, a person who disagrees with me poses some questions and I answer them. Then, in response, I pose some questions, and they answer them. And so on. We go back and forth as much as time and interest allow. Hopefully the end result will be more understanding. Ideally, this will be an example to a divided and conflicted church of how two people can disagree on important issues and yet still respect each other and even perhaps demonstrate some of Christ’s love to each other. Coming away from the conversation, it will probably be more difficult to typify each other as this or that kind of Threat to the Church. I know I’m not innocent of this, and I read it a lot in other blogs as well.
I thought of emailing some specific people about this idea, but I don’t want to single anyone out. I also, generally, have no idea who is reading this blog beyond maybe a dozen people who comment semi-regularly or who have talked to me about it specifically. So I’m curious if this will get a response.
Time will tell.