The blogosphere is full of all sorts of commentary about the State of the Union address and the Republican response to that address. There was one part of Obama’s address that stood out to me the most:
Reforming our schools, changing the way we use energy, reducing our deficit — none of this will be easy. All of it will take time. And it will be harder because we will argue about everything. The costs. The details. The letter of every law.
Of course, some countries don’t have this problem. If the central government wants a railroad, they build a railroad, no matter how many homes get bulldozed. If they don’t want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn’t get written.
And yet, as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, I know there isn’t a person here who would trade places with any other nation on Earth.
One of the things that makes our nation great is the freedom we have to form our own opinions. We are encouraged to disagree and to dialogue with one another. And sometimes the dialogue turns into heated debates, and sometimes we end up in big arguments, but in the end we all agree that we really wouldn’t want it any other way.
It got me thinking … in many ways, the same is true about the church. I don’t want to be a part of a church where everyone looks, talks, acts, and thinks the same. I want to be part of a church that challenges me, that encourages me to question, and that wants me to push the envelope. I want to be part of a church that strives for discussion and dialogue about the tough stuff. I don’t want easy answers to difficult questions. And as frustrating as it is to sit in a room and hear people have different interpretations of the Bible or different opinions about the latest and greatest hot topic, when it comes down to it – I don’t think I would want it any other way.