Our focus has been on the necessity of living faith— i.e. trusting in and relying on the “I Am” presence which IS Christ-in-you —and the way in which personal and traditional beliefs and preconceptions may sometimes prove to be a postive hindrance in our walk with Christ. [See also “Belief” vs. “Faith” ]
NOTE: The intention, here, is not to discuss any particular beliefs or behaviors or possible courses of action that might be contemplated by an individual Christian OR to address any particular vision for social reform or cultural renewal that may be on the agenda of this or that Christian community. The intention, rather, is to encourage YOU to abide— faithfully and steadfast —in the presence of the Lord, trusting Him to work in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure, without imagining that your personal or traditional beliefs or values should never be called into question; and without imagining that God’s leading in the lives of other human beings and other human communities will always be in sync with his leading in your own life or with your own preconceived notions about how things ought to be. Keep in mind the words of the Psalmist:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved” (Psalm 127:1-2; cf Acts 5:38-39).
And, as indicated earlier, remember this Proverb:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Moreover, regardless of how the Lord seems to be leading you, in your own life— or the vision of the future that you feel is most appropriate for your own Christian community (or for the nation or the world, for that matter) —realize that there will always be diversity of opinions in the body of Christ and it is not given to one member to comprehend the purpose and function of all the others.