with my in-between-y theological views (but does anyone have ideas that are not in between something and another?), i’ve often felt ostracized by one group, and then another. i’ve been told to stop reading the footnotes in a bible study because it will prevent me from gaining access to ‘god’s truth’. and on the other hand, i’ve been judged for not being extreme enough, not being left enough, very much not being prophetic enough. most people tend to fall between the extremes, and it is among we middle-grounders that dialogue and compromise is most prevalent.
because of this, a sojourners article caught my eye on my twitter feed that made me consider the middle ground again: caught between two worlds: progressive and evangelical. the author, aaron taylor, speaks about the ostracism he felt while working with a Christian Peacemaker Team in the west bank of palestine, and at first, i was able to relate with his sense of isolation. the only evangelical of the group, he worked alongside theologically liberal christians for peace, and experienced their questions and probing about why he feels that jesus is the only true way to god. he questions, “I wonder if we’ve gone too far in laboring to share physical bread with the masses that we’ve neglected to share the “Living Bread” with the masses.” Read the rest of this entry »