Don’t Run from Fundamentalists

25 06 2008

This is my third post on the issue of separation and the fundamentals which seems to be turning into a series.   When I say fundamentalists, I’m talking about the traditional fundamentalists that put a lot of emphasis on the externals and see those as issues for separation.  The natural tendency is to run away from that, but is that the right response if we’re trying to bridge the gap and bring us all together; in this case the fundamentalists?

I’ve gone back and forth on this, and here’s what I’m feeling.  This applies more to all you high school and college age people.  If you’re going to a fundamentalist church, it’s probably because that’s where your family goes.  Usually, you don’t have another choice.  So, you’re left with the decision of how you’re going to respond to those circumstances.

More than ever, I’ve struggled with my response this summer.  There’s that feeling that no one understands where you’re coming from, so you just isolate yourself and don’t bother getting into anything with anyone.  How else are these people to learn, though, unless someone challenges their thinking and shows them that there are actually godly people who can listen to contemporary music and wear jeans to church.

You only solidify in people’s minds that we’re messed when you draw back from everyone else because you’re different than them and when you finally get the opportunity, you leave for a different church.  Then they look at you like everyone else and think, “There’s another one who’s gone off the deep end.”

Let’s not let that reputation keep going.  The best way to challenge somebodies thoughts about contemporary Christians is to show them that we believe differently but we’re still on fire for God and we can worship just as passionately with conservative music as we can with contemporary music.  Things like that will blow all their misconceptions, challenge their thinking, and cause them to reconsider.

Don’t isolate yourself, don’t run away from these people.  They’re our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Fellowship with them, exhort them, and encourage them.  Earnestly love them with the love of Christ, and show them The Core of Christianity.

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4 responses

25 06 2008
jblaha

You are exactly right! It is actually people like this that solidified in my mind years ago that it is ok to worship with passion in heart, music, and everything else. God’s command is to love…period. If we cannot love those other believers that live a bit differently than us, why would we think that we can live unbelievers when they are not even close (the majority of the time)?! I will soon post a sermon that my pastor preached on traditional fundy’s. I think he lays it pretty straight and yet still admonishes those of us who are a little less than traditional to love those of us who are.

1 07 2008
B.C. Dyer

They are in the body of Christ. They are a different breed than most. Speaking of the Traditional Fundy’s.
In my view we need to be fellowshipping most with those who are of “eye-to-eye” opinion with me. Whether it’s theology, methodology, evangelism, church polity, etc.
We obviously go to the same school where there is more of the traditionalism. I feel between a rock and a hard place at times. It’s not always easy to be able to manage in that atmosphere because of the many differences we may have. But it is true. We are the body! We have a responsibility of undying love for our brothers and sisters there.

5 07 2008
Andrew

Brandon, you’re right. If you’re looking for a church, I don’t think you should purposely go somewhere that doesn’t hold the same values as you do; but when we’re in a place where we don’t really have a choice, we shouldn’t retract to our own little group. Instead we need to reach out and show those of a different opinion that we can all live sold out for God and that the externals do not determine a person’s heart. It’s the other way around.

11 07 2008
Tamela

Amen! Amen! and Amen! Great post! God bless you!




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