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Difference Can Make Us Mo’ Betta

Pride will cause us to remain stuck, isolated, and at a great loss of the value that difference brings into our lives.

At this time of remarkable opportunity for change and Kingdom advancement, we need one another more than ever! Can we find the grace of God to presume upon each other’s good will and covet the best for each other?

In conclusion, Sanneh writes, “… disagreement is not a barrier to dialogue. To be charitable is to be deserving of charity oneself. Without difference dialogue would be moot.”

I would like to invite ministry leaders to rekindle the dialogue of mutual respect, honor and appreciation in the midst of the vast and wonderful differences we all represent. Can we mend the broken relationships, seek reconciliation, and repair our former associations? Will we find the Father’s grace to begin a new chapter with a fresh commitment to walk in love, while acknowledging, affirming and valuing our differences; instead of arguing, fighting, separating and judging one another over them?

I am committed to the Biblical injunction to “strive to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” May we hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying today to the Church – the Body of Christ at large – and respond with practical gestures of honor, repentance, and respect.

PR

Editor’s Note: This guest editorial by Richard Twiss only comments on a small portion of Lamin Sanneh’s book, Whose Religion is Christianity? The Gospel beyond the West (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003). Read this award-winning book that reaches beyond perspectives generally held by Western Christians.

Publisher’s page: www.eerdmans.com/Products/2164/whose-religion-is-christianity.aspx

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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2005

About the Author: Richard L. Twiss, Tayoate Ob Najin “He Stands with his People” (1954-2013), D.Miss. (Asbury Theological Seminary), was a Lakota follower of the Jesus Way. In February 1997, Richard and his wife, Katherine, founded the non-profit ministry of Wiconi International. Through Wiconi, Richard and Katherine touched the lives of many thousands of people. Richard also co-founded NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), he was chairman of the board for My People International, a member of the CCDA (Christian Community Development Association), and co-founder of Evangelicals4Justice. He was the author of One Church, Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You (Chosen, 2000), which the Lord continues to use to reach many people with the message of an inculturated faith in Jesus. Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way (IVP) was published posthumously in June 2015. www.wiconi.com

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