My Fellow (but beloved) Sinners,
I’ve concluded that there are 4 kinds of people you will likely meet on any given Sunday, at church, though this probably could apply to a host of other communities.
There are orthodox/orthodox people (O/O)
There are heterodox/heterodox people (H/H)
There are heterodox/orthodox people (H/O’s)
Finally, there are are orthodox/heterodoxpeople (O/H)
O/O’sare those who believe in the trustworthiness and timelessness truths of the bible...whose most trusted friends must share their orthodoxy.
They are spiritually and relationally orthodox.
H/H’s are those who find the bible dated and more than a little embarrassing...whose must trusted friends are not requiredto share their heterodoxy.
They are spiritually and relationally heterodox.
H/O’s are those who find the bible dated and more than a little embarrassing...whose most trusted friends mustshare their orthodoxy which, ironically, is heterodoxy.
They are spiritually heterodox and relationally orthodox*
(*Heterodoxy is the orthodoxy required for friendship)
O/H’sare those who believe in the trustworthiness and timeless truths of the Bible...whose most trusted friends are not requiredto share their orthodoxy.
The temptation, at least for the spiritually orthodox, is to become an O/O. It's far more comfortable and far less messy.
However, I'd far rather be O/H because, so far as I can tell, Jesus had an amazing capacity to be faithful to the bible ('It is written....') while at the same time, befriend the unorthodox, the unclean, the immoral and the irreligious.
All the best,