today I spent several hours talking with my dad.
See, my dad works in student ministry. he loves students (particularly jr. high).
and my dad is old. at least to me. i’m young. at least to him.
and we disagree a ton. I think he’s way too old school. even legalistic. he admits it and says “maybe i’m being too legalistic”
and we disagree a ton. He thinks I’m way too “liberal” and irreverant. even unbiblical. I admit it and say “I know I’m young and inexperienced.”
we disagree a ton. as we talked through ministry, we see nearly every issue in a different light.
yet we love.
This conversation remained gentle, loving, encouraging, and deep. Never did one of us get defensive. We both admitted wrong thinking.
May the Church lead the way in disagreeing. We ought to be a model for the world in disagreement which results in love.