Saturday, August 17, 2019
A mean spirit. . .
This meanness is not toward those who oppose them but rather to those who would appear to be on the same side. Conservatives seem to allow those on the same side less leeway. Liberals are most liberal toward the folks on their side. Except, of course, that liberals are most illiberal toward those who oppose them. In other words, conservatives, traditionalists, confessionals, etc., seem to live within a small circle of approval and it appears to be a circle that grows ever smaller while those on the other end of the spectrum seem to tolerate more diversity among their loose coalitions and widen the circle.
I worry about this. Not about the zeal of those on the more conservative side for the clear confession of truth and for the preservation of pure doctrine but about the meanness that sometimes seems to predominate even within this good and salutary concern for God, good doctrine, and right practice. I must admit that it does not seem there is much sadness on the part of many who may be right on the issues but wrong in the way they deal with others. There ought to be great sadness over the errors that we note within the confession and practice of those who veer from the Scriptures, creeds, and confessions of old. We dare not write them off even when we can and must mark the divisions between us. Neither should pride or arrogance mark the ways we deal one to another. So I would urge you to consider this when you comment here and I would ask you to keep me accountable in the same way. The truth, yes, but the truth spoken in love with unfeigned grief over the divisions between us over the truth that endures forever.