Day after day, week after week I find myself visiting the Reformed Nazarene blog and reconsidering the issues surrounding the Concerned Nazarenes. For several weeks in a row now I have crafting blogs in response to some of the concerns, then deleting them. I have updated my Facebook Status with questions, tweeted thoughts, and responded to comments about the issue. The truth of the matter is that I am wrestling with myself on this issue.
I think I must perceive Manny Silva as a "loud" voice (as in, people hear what he says).
My interest in the subject comes from my strong convictions that Christ (not the Bible) is the center of Christian theology and faith and that the Scripture is a soteriological work giving testimony to Christ as the full revelation of God and God's love in and for creation. Sometimes these convictions bring me to the place where I feel that Reformed theologies are contrary to the Gospel message itself.
The reason why I don't just write a blog about the whole situation is that the moment that I am about to hit "publish" I remember that those in the Reformed tradition are my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are one (Ephesians 4:1-6). To set out to totally deconstruct the theological views of these brothers and sisters (whether that's possible or not) is also contrary to the message of the Gospel. I cannot do that. I must admit that I even edited this blog after posting it because it said what I did not really mean and what I should not really say.
So here I am - living in the midst of this tension.