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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To be loving or to be right....that is the question Day 12 Lent 2015

Day 12 Lent 2015

"Welcome those who are weak in faith,[a] but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions."  Romans 14.1    [a] or conviction

Thomas Aquinas,
painted by Fra Angelico
How much time is wasted by the church as we quarrel over opinions?  Almost any town in America has a church on the corner where at some point and time the people got in a quarrel with each other, or the pastor, or some issue and the result was a new church built on a different corner for those who "held to the truth." 

Paul continues in Chapter 14.4, "who are you to pass judgement on the servant of another."  Sometimes we have to get beyond the labels of "right" and "wrong" and work on such things as "Love" and "Mercy."  A church that is afraid of diversity of opinion is a church that is closed to the Holy Spirit.

Our prayer for today is actually a quote from Thomas Aquinas:   “We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.”

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