New Adult Education Class . . .
Things the church doesn’t talk about
We don’t talk much about:
- Females in church leadership
- Mental illness
It’s time to start. Everyone knows there are things you don’t talk about when the larger family gets together for dinner. Churches often do the same thing. We just prefer unity so we try not to talk about certain things. The problem with this is that if we don’t talk about the controversial issues, we never really get to hear the other sides of the issues. And without that, it’s hard to change. And shouldn’t the church be a place where we can talk about this stuff? Stuff like mental illness and addiction: it’s one thing to say that we love those who struggle with depression but quite another to discuss how we do so. What about immigration and racism? Obviously, Christians are called to love all people and especially the oppressed and refugee, but that doesn’t answer whether deportations should happen and a wall should be built. The Southern Baptist Church has a long history of only male leadership, but it also had a long and supportive history with slavery—maybe this should be revisited. Some churches see homosexuality as sinful, others embrace them as simply practicing an alternative lifestyle that God is okay with. There are a bunch of other things like “how we deal with doubt,” “how we should understand heaven and hell,” and “when patriotism goes too far.” We have asked the elders to come together to talk about this in a panel discussion. We have also invited some other people along—people who might disagree with us. We are hoping to model mature, humble, Christian disagreement while we learn from each other. Join us at 9:00 every week this summer. Can’t wait to have these discussions.