Mixed messages

22 Jul

There’s something that has bothered me for the past couple of weeks. I drive by a certain church on my way to the office each day. They have a reader board in front of the church on which they place announcements, witty sayings, quotes, etc. The current message is a quote from Gandhi.

While I recognize that Gandhi was a wise person and a world-class leader who accomplished much in India, I am curious why a church would give a prominent position of influence to a Hindu leader. In my simple way of thinking, it presents a mixed message to passersby.

Late in life, Gandhi was asked if he was a Hindu. He replied, “Yes, I am. I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, and a Jew.” Gandhi believed all religions to be equal, and rejected all efforts to convert him to a different faith. That stands in stark contrast to what Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

While I believe that all truth is God’s truth, and that we can profit from what others teachers say, I am also cautious about building my philosophy of ministry solely on what the Word of God says. While other teachers may be wise, the Scriptures are the only thing that promises to change lives.

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Posted by on July 22, 2008 in Church, Culture, Theology


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