Countering liberal mottos with “Radical agreement” and “Good inclusion”.

Just do it. I’m loving it. Finger lickin’ good. Have a break… Eat fresh. Every little helps. Probably the best beer in the world.

Everyone knows the power of a slogan to capture the imagination and influence the crowds.

Many leaders in the Church of England have adopted two mottos which have the power of slogans to coerce the church into false unity.  “Good disagreement” and “Radical inclusion” are appearing in talks and statements with manipulative intent.

If anyone seeks true, biblical, Christ-centered unity we need to change the slogans. The relativistic “Good disagreement” must be replaced with “Radical agreement”. “Radical inclusion”, a twist on secular tolerance, should be changed to “Good inclusion”.

Radical agreement is what the Apostle Paul’s calls the church in Philippi to strive for.  Euodia and Syntyche had disagreed about something, sharply. Paul did not encourage them to agree to disagree, but to seek common ground in Christ and come to radical agreement.

Philippians 2:1-2 (ESV) So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Radical, Christ centered, Spirit filled oneness of mind, agreement, forged in love. Radical agreement in a post-truth culture makes Jesus look glorious.

Good inclusion is the reason Paul wrote to the Romans. The church was divided by moral failure, hedonism and judgemental legalism, with ethnic and cultural differences thrown in for good measure. Roman Christians were massively diverse, Jew and Gentile, and yet Paul concludes his epistle, after pages and pages on justification by faith in Christ alone, the use of the law in defining and highlighting our sin and the complete freedom from condemnation for those who have been set free by the Spirit of Christ and walk humbly with the Spirit, by saying:

Romans 15:5-7 (ESV) May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you (moralistic Jew and licentious Gentile believers) to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Good inclusion is Roman inclusion, made imperitive in view of God’s mercy in Christ, our propitiation. Good inclusion is forged by our living as sacrifices, Holy and pleasing to God, by the renewing of our thinking.

Good disagreement and radical inclusion are sub-Christian ideas, adapted from the secular, multi-cultural agenda of respect and tolerance respectively. Radical agreement and good inclusion are biblical mottos, won for us by Christ on the cross. For God’s glory, the sake of unity and the salvation of the watching world, we cannot afford to mix them up. Let’s change the slogans and see what God can do.

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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