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Faith & Grey Matters

Spawned by a discussion I was having with a friend recently (thanks Fabrice) I thought I would write about something I think is common to us as believers; how comfortable are we with things being unclear in our faith? The longer we walk in the faith, prayerfully maturing in Christ and continuing in our sanctification, the more we realize that not everything in our faith is black and white. In fact, we often realize that there is much more than we originally understood or anticipated that is in fact 'grey' and perhaps more nuanced than we once expected. How comfortable are we with this? A whole host of topics ranging from; Christian modesty to media choices, Christian involvement in political arenas, warfare, social injustices, and even understandings about doctrinal issues, perhaps 'foundational' ones (Eph 4:4, Heb 5:12) much less things like God's sovereignty, man's free will, doctrines of the Trinity and understandings of heaven and hell. I believe we must allow flexibility for ourselves (and others) to change and grow in our understandings, beliefs, opinions, conscience and convictions. And while our conscience can serve as a director in our decisions and we should always strive to keep it clear and unviolated (Acts 24:16, Rom 13, 2 Cor 1:12, 1 Tim 1:5, 1 Tim 3:9, 2 Tim 1:3, Heb 13:18, 1 Pet 3:16), simply because it is clear doesn't mean it's always correct (1 Cr 4:4). As we mature in Christ, it takes greater faith not less, to continue walking with Him as things we thought clearly on at one time become a bit more muddled. At the end of the day, the longer I am a Christian and the more I understand (or know that I don't understand), the more I realize I must walk in greater faith, because the majority is grey, and the minority black and white. This takes greater faith from me than it does to understand everything clearly and I believe this is just what God is after, for me to walk in faith, not always in understanding and by sight (Prov 3:5-6, 2 Cor 5:7).


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