The world in which we live increases at an increasing pace in divisiveness. There seems to be no doubt among many people that it has become harder and harder to discuss our differences, argue, debate, persuade, challenge, or be challenged in one’s beliefs, political ideologies, or worldviews. It seems to be almost impossible for some to even share their views without being attacked personally. This current environment has wiggled its way into the Church experience as well. How else do we think Church schisms have come to be? We are not just referring to Catholicism and Protestantism. This goes even further into not only Protestant denominations, but further division within each of those theological frameworks.
This is a serious problem for Christianity. It stands in contrast to Jesus’ words, “May that be unified as You and I are unified.” We aren’t suggesting that theological discussion and debate is not important. We are actually saying that it is MORE important than many in the Church today, whether pew sitters or seminary professors believe it is. Yet, the way that we have willingly or inadvertently come to handle these differences of interpretations of Scripture or worldview has taken on the aroma of the world in which we live.
We are to be in the world, but not of it. To be unified in love, so as to point the divisive world to the unifying love of God. It is in the effort of unity with God that we must sit together and discuss our different interpretations of worldview and Scripture with each other. It is our opinion that this is not best done on a typical Sunday morning in the setting of pews and pulpits. It is best done by following the model of Rabinacle discipleship that Jesus came and introduced. Jesus came as a Rabbi; rabbis were not modern teachers. They taught, not in a classroom, but in the practicum. They asked questions, rather than make statements. They desired to pull thoughts out of people, rather than shove them in. Rabbis would take their disciples to a location, present a theological topic to them, and ask them to discuss it with one another. He would watch and listen, sometimes interjecting with questions to move the debate along, but usually only to be the referee. They could verbally jab and spar, but always with the love of God and respect. Jesus did this with His own disciples.
This practice became known as “drashing.” On our radio program, Far Beyond the Temple Curtain, we are drashing. We do not always agree but we relish the idea of discussing the interpretation of worldview and theology. We engage in debate, attempting to listen and consider others, more than we speak. As we discuss anything and everything from pop culture, secret societies, aliens, demonology, theology, politics, or other various topics, it is our desire that this program will inspire its listeners to engage in respectful “drashing” with others. Listening and considering more than speaking, allowing the Holy Spirit to change others, being willing to accept that we ourselves may need to reconsider our worldview, and allowing God’s truth to speak through our conversation is foundational to our ministry. Maybe together, as the body of Christ, unified as He is, we will hear what the “Spirit is saying to the churches.”