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.