“Affection-based honesty is all the protection a group needs. Problems can be resolved with such graciousness that people either want to change or they will withdraw realizing they don’t fit in. It provides healthy boundaries as no one is forced to go beyond their freedom.”
“People can have vastly different perspectives and still respect each other while they seek wisdom that integrates both concerns instead of fighting for their own. Where we come to know his wisdom together the possibilities are limitless.” (Both quotes from page152)
I have been seeing this happen in my own life lately. As I have gotten into conversations with random people I’ve run into in my life, some have resisted my questioning of things. Some have not. There is now a small group of us living this reality. We allow each other to have thoughts and question what we have been taught to be ‘certainty.’ In showing respect and love to each other in the process we have seen such a beautiful thing unfolding…not a system or program…but growth in light and Life where we fill satisfied instead of dissatisfied (like we felt in IC.) Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
These two quotes from FC have brought to my mind two other quotes by Andre Rabe: (I may not have the exact wording but something like this…
“If we find our security in the knowledge that we are ‘right’, then we will do whatever it takes to defend the fact that we are right. (And it can get ugly!) But if we get our security from the knowledge that we are loved, then weather we are right or wrong we are still loved and we are free to explore and question.” I have seen this happen in my own life as I have grown in the knowledge of His love for me. And I have definitely seen people defending their ‘certainty.’ This is where a Christian can become ugly at times.
Another Andre Rabe quote that is pertinent here:
“God is not the god of absolute certainty, but rather He is the God of infinite possibilities.” Wayne’s quote from above reminds me of this. To think that God is controlling everything would not bring true freedom.
Thanks Wayne. The words in your book are simply solidifying what I am seeing unfolding in my own life.