Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together

Can the Church Get Along?

Last week, after the horrific movie shootings, the two presidential candidates suspended their attacks on each other and gave us a breather from political campaigning. It was a nice relief even though we all know this will not continue.

And I wondered, what would happen if the church took their lead and stopped its in-fighting and disagreements over doctrinal issues that are not essential to our faith?

For example, what does it matter where one stands on when Christ will return? The point is, He will return. Or why get all worked up if creation was a literal 7 days or some other time frame we really don’t understand. The point is God created the heavens and the earth. It’s fine to study these issues, have opinions and friendly discussions regarding your interpretation of biblical passages, but to make them issues of division, makes no sense.


There is a bigger issue to consider.

According to a recent Pew Survey reported on in June of this year, millenials (age 18-30)  are the least religiously observant youths we’ve seen in a long time.

Why? Three reasons were cited: 1) Prayer has been taken out of schools 2) The impact of the modern use of the concept of the separation of church and state 3) Little knowledge of God’s word, a sort of spiritual anorexia.

People need to see the relevance of faith to everyday living. Faith needs to be valuable and essential to living.

Fighting about non-essential issues of doctrine doesn’t help people connect with their faith. It also doesn’t make the church attractive to those who may be interested in exploring faith.

We all have enough conflict in other parts of life to add church to the mix. Let’s not have the church be a source of more conflict,  but  a place we find peace, relevance and healing.


Previous Posts

Why College Students Aren't Ready for Real Life
For 30 years I have taught in medical schools and universities. This generation is different. They are more anxious and suffer from higher rates of anxiety disorders.  And what I am about to say is a generalization. Not all college kids ...

posted 7:00:54am Oct. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Yes, We Have Guidelines for Sitting!
Last year, I wrote a blog, Is Sitting the New Smoking? In that blog, I reported on the impact of too much sitting on physical health. Too much sitting is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and early death from all causes. That’s right, the ...

posted 7:00:09am Oct. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Fighting? How You are Hurting Your Kids
Jack and Rachel have been in a contentious marriage for quite some time. Their friends would describe them as a high conflict couple. The stress is getting to their two middle school children who beg their parents to stop fighting and try to ...

posted 7:00:50am Oct. 09, 2015 | read full post »

What It Really Takes to Stop School Shootings
When I listen to any political person rail against guns as a fix for school shootings, I get upset. The focus in wrong and yet it persists and dominates headlines. This tells me there is a lack of real concern to address violence in our ...

posted 9:00:08am Oct. 07, 2015 | read full post »

What's At the Root of Your Procrastination?
Most of us know the feeling of procrastination. It often goes like this: I know I have to complete that project by the end of week. Nothing in me wants to do it. I'll go to the gym. Exercise will relax me and help me concentrate better. ...

posted 7:00:59am Oct. 05, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.