Long before pastor and author John MacArthur spoke out publicly and disrespectfully to speaker and author, Beth Moore, we have been having conversations around our table about various beliefs within the Christian faith; how should we handle it when other people have different perspectives or even (gasp) different theology? Can we coexist? Can we appreciate what the other brings to the table or do we throw it all out because we don’t agree on everything? Can someone who believes differently be welcome at my table? Should I trade out the table for a wrestling mat?
For three years Sean has been a National Presenter for Logos Bible Software; traveling all over to conferences where he presents, trains, and sells the software. He has participated in expressive, loud, Pentacostal services with worship that lasts hours and the next day landed in a new city at a quiet seminary to participate in theological discussion with doctors. He’s seen every end of the spectrum and come away with a deeper love for the Body of Christ on a global scale, not merely a “people who sit next to me Sunday who look and think like me” scale.
On the coast of Washington State there is a spot where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The beach is fine but if you move too far into the water, the area is unpredictable with currents, storms, and shipwrecks. This was where Sean decided to hang out with a group of high schoolers when we were in youth ministry. What could go wrong? A few kids were on the beach and a few were lounging on surfboards as they talked and enjoyed the summer sun.
“Watch it you guys. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll get caught up in the current and we won’t be able to reach you.” Sean warned.
“Yeah, yeah, we know.”
“No. I’m really serious. You can’t let your guard down or you’ll be all the way out into the ocean.”
They agreed to pay attention and resumed their chatter.
Some time later, Sean glanced up and saw the current had caught the students. They were realizing their error but their paddling was to no avail. They hollered back and forth but Sean knew it was too late to get them back without intervention.
That was the day the Coast Guard came to the rescue and some high school kids (along with their youth pastor) learned some valuable lessons.
Drifting is consequential; it’s not intentional. It sneaks up on you when you let your guard down.
Just throwing myself out there a bit...