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Fighting the wrong fight…?

Following all the debates raging in and about the church in our days I more and more get the idea that we are fighting somehow the wrong fight. We fight with full force in the moment against lots of things: a piece of rubber, people loving same-sex people, women who want to determine themselves when they want to become pregnant and so much more…

I sometimes ask myself: Is that really all helping the cause of proclaiming the kingdom of the Lord? Is this really bordering God? Is this worth all the ink, the thinking, the fights, the condemnations, the money and energy spent to go against it?

Are that really choices made that we have to comment on, fight against, run whole campaigns, go to court and more? Is that what happens in the bedroom of somebody really of such great concern to God’s people on their way through the times?

Or should we not worry about other things: The unconditional love of God? The love celebrated between two people which means commitment? To strengthen the hope, the aspirations, the determination of every human being to live life to the fullest?
Should those, who feel strong about certain values not just live them as an example without the urge to force them on everybody belonging to the same congregation, denomination, religion, family clan or whatever bond?

Are our fights in between fractions of our church or certain liberal ideas fights fought to the glory of God? Or to maintain importance in society? Or regain the good old times of power and might? Or the longing for a perfect world, a sort of paradise brought into existence with human determination?

Lots of questions? No certain answers yet for me but I feel we all have to think about what makes us tick and act the way to do…

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