Some of you have read this already, but giving my “year-long disclaimer” a post of its own highlights it AND makes it easy to link to later. So here ya’ go:
I truly believe that opportunities to learn wisdom surround us on all sides, all day, from just about all quarters – conservative-evangelical-Christian and otherwise. You may or may not agree with that. But for me, this is a year of heightening our chances for victory through interaction with many counselors (Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, 24:6). Even interaction with some I might have major difficulties with – philosophically, methodologically, even theologically. I’m learning, regardless of whether I’m agreeing.
So… please, please, please recognize that I might investigate and/or discuss some schools, churches, people, & ministries that I might not ultimately recommend to potential contributors, attenders, and constituents. But I’m aiming for “charitable” this year, as I encounter lots of things to learn – to learn what’s good, what’s bad, and just what’s out there. So be charitable with me! Please don’t assume I’m a ______________ just because I discuss somebody who is a ______________. Even the most ridiculous or audacious ______________s are important to investigate, and some could even have an occasional good/interesting/surprising idea, right?
Of course, this doesn’t mean I value all contributions to our collective understanding equally, and neither should you. In the end, we should very seriously analyze all these things, because “What is right is not always popular; what is popular is not always right.” If your 4th grade teacher didn’t have that above the chalkboard…
Disclaimer all done