Monday’s post offered answers (from a variety of people) to this question: What do you think are the biggest obstacles to unity in a local church? I noted a connecting underlying theme in many of the answers, a theme about communication. For example:
* Non-discipleship in how to process and actively engage the offenses we pick up…What do we do when we are hurt? Do we attack or avoid? Do we have the skills and spiritual formation for a way beyond those natural responses? [Note it mentions skill and spiritual formation. More below.]
* People don’t know the difference between authenticity and impulsivity.
[Yes, those are different. Being authentic does not mean blurting out whatever and being a jerk!]
* The false ideal that we need to agree on every minute detail theologically, politically, etc, to have communion. [The old adage applies here: In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and…
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