Importance of differences

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In Pastor John Piper’s recent blog, Calvinism, Arminianism, & Education, he discusses ‘whether churches and Christian educational institutions should be devoted to a mix of Arminianism and Calvinism.’ He writes:

In my 22 years of formal education from age 6 to 28 (Summit Drive Elementary School, Greenville Junior High School, Wade Hampton High School, Wheaton College, Fuller Seminary, University of Munich) it became increasingly clear to me that diverse theological positions on the same faculty of a Christian institution diminished the importance of those differences (emphasis mine).

For some issues, that is good. For others it is not. Which those are is one of the great challenges of every generation.

Yes, it is a challenge. With my Calvinistic leanings, I appreciate the differences more and more, as I grow in knowledge.

But the cost of preventing the diminishing of the importance of the differences is this terrible chasm between genuine people of God, who may have much to learn from each other. I wrote about this agony in my post, Is an objective view of theological positions a good objective?, some months ago. One of the concluding paragraphs in that post was:

Nothing short of a miracle can bring us all together this side of heaven. Anything less, would just end up stirring the murky waters, agitating and discouraging believers who were going about their quiet business hitherto. Looking at it this way, one realises that it is better to let sleeping dogs lie, until the day of our blessed transformation.

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