I sat down with the Apostle Paul for a brief interview today. What follows is a transcript of my questions, and his answers.
Q: Paul, our culture is becoming increasingly hostile to Biblical values. For example, so called same-sex marriage has now passed the house of representatives in Minnesota, on its way to the Senate; and the country still ignores the horrors of abortion, on brutal display in the recent trial of serial killer, Kermit Gosnell. What would be your counsel for how we should respond to such hostility?
A: Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse them.
Q: Let's talk about the church for a moment. As a diverse family, it is made up of many different people in many different life situations. How do we respond to such differences?
A: Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Q: Yes, but sometimes the differences go deeper than that. Conflict can erupt when we just can't seem to see eye to eye. What then?
A: Live in harmony with one another.
Q: In these differences, they sometimes run along social, economic, and cultural planes. We live in different strata, as it were, which can create problems for how we relate to one another. Let me be specific, those with less can be pushed to the margins. How can we fight this?
A: Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.
Q: Final question. What would be one of the ways that we could better listen to one another? In other words, to value the perspective of others, over our own?
A: Never be wise in your own sight.
Paul, thank you so much for your time.
I hope you enjoyed my mythical discussion with Paul. It is an example of one of the ways I try and think through and meditate on our weekly Scripture memory program at Calvary Community Church (Fighter Verses). I hope it may help and encourage you to memorize this week's passage, Romans 12:14-16:
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. (English Standard Version)