Thursday, December 23, 2010

Acceptance of One Another and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth

This one's a little long, so I had to trim it down to fit it into the title. In full:

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

Acceptance of One Another
Not only does this allow others to believe differently and still be welcome, it also brings together people of different beliefs. Conservatives and liberals; disagreeing factions of Christianity; acceptance of one another despite our differences.

I've found that if you bring together a group of people who all believe in the same things and support the same, or similar, sides of an issue, there is far less creative thought and discussion than if they are diversified. This is where diversity is valued: it brings more individuality to light. When everybody shines a different color, individuals can see and been seen more clearly, and yet when they combine together, you are much closer to creating pure, white light.

Encouragement to Spiritual Growth in Our Congregations
Creative and unique thought is conductive to all kinds of growth, spiritual and otherwise. Learning about conflicting and alternative viewpoints allows people to better examine and understand their own, with higher potential to either strengthen or change them.

There's nothing wrong with changing your mind, perhaps like clothing and politicians, it should be done regularly. Change is clear evidence of growth, both of our beliefs as well as our minds.

For those who actively exercise their minds, their minds last longer in good health into old age. Brain puzzles, reading, any form of intellectual stimulation counts as exercise, as well as intellectual debate.

Everybody is welcome to join our congregations, so this could easily read everybody. Encouragement to spiritual growth in everybody. I've seen and heard other organized systems of belief attack this one, and yet they still support others. Bullies can't be stopped by fighting against them, perhaps they can be calmed with liberal applications of love?