Most Christians agree that we should love God, after all -- and what's more, we'd agree that we should love His people too.
So far, so good.
But when it comes to the how of this love (not to mention the who, what, when, where, and why) . . . well, there's all kinds of ideas out there.
As a result, even the small town where I live has several dozen churches, fellowships, centers, and communities-of-faith -- all of which believe they've found the best way to produce the kind of love we all want.
- Some are structured, and some are not.
- Some are traditional, and some are not.
- Some draw their authority from the Bible, while others take their cue from last Sunday's editorial in The New York Times.
Want to know what happens, for instance, when you treat the pastor as the Final Authority on Everything? Or when your statement-of-beliefs consists of little more than "Follow your bliss"? Or when you think it would be unkind, unloving, and positively unChristian to do background checks on the people who work with children?
No, you don't need to guess the answer to any of these questions -- not when there's a church nearby that's been there, done that, and has plenty of leftover T-shirts to give away.
In short, churches are like gardens -- and while they may disagree on everything else, they all see the need for a crop.
And if you check out their "fruits" . . .
Then you just might figure out a better way to grow them yourself!