Responding to Criticism

Several leaders in the emergent movement (a group of people who are involved in an ongoing dialog about how Christianity can best engage and thrive in emerging culture) have written a document respoinding to recent criticism. The response embodies everything that I love about these folks. Here is my favorite paragraph:

With millions suffering from hunger, disease, and injustice around the world, we hope that all of us – including our critics – can renew our commitment to “remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10) rather than invest excessive energy in “controversies about words.” “They will know you are my disciples,” Jesus said, not by our excessive disputation, but by our love. Words and ideas are essential, for they often set the course for thought and action, and constructive dialogue is needed and worthwhile, but we cannot let less productive internal debates preoccupy us at the expense of caring for those in need.

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