I want to be a person who is open-minded. I fear being an old man who is so set in my ways that I am stuck. Yet, there are some things that just appear to be no-brainers -- I guess I will never understand the other view on.
Two of them came up last night. Beverly and I went to a gala benefitting Wise Choices -- the local pregnancy clinic (obviously pro-life). The whole issue of abortion reminds me of just how barbaric we humans still are. Since 1973's Roe v. Wade, there have been approximately 75 million abortions in America. How, as a nation, we could justify this is beyond me. I might be talked into making exceptions in the event of the mother's life being in danger (or rape). But how many abortions would that be?
Interesting: When these pro-life pregnancy centers can get the women to see an ultrasound of their babies, over 90% choose to carry their babies to term (compared to about 25% who do not have an ultrasound).
But last night, as they were presenting the information about their clinic, they mentioned how many young women had been led to a prayer decision for Jesus. I find it interesting that we in Churches of Christ receive so much criticism for our teaching on baptism. As I am reading and studying through Acts again, I am struck by the centrality of the baptism theme. And yet, we are marginalized by the religious community for pointing out what the Word says. Where is the verse about praying Jesus into your heart?
I realize that part of the problem is that we have have a few "squeeky wheels" who teach baptism as if it is a meritorious work. I realize that some people's approach to the subject has been legalistic. But none of that changes how cental it is to the life of the early church.
So, I guess on those two issues, I'm just an ol' stick in the mud (I wonder where that expression came from?)