As Peter Enns gets towards the end of the journey in his little book he moves beyond the strict topic to some wonderful advice for Christians reading the Bible, and how we should relate to other Christians who perhaps disagree with our interpretation. It is applicable to the global church, so to my current context about to teach to students from a wealth of different cultures none of them mine, but also to the local churches as NZ Baptists move towards an annual assembly with a contentious issue on the floor. For both I pray:
- Humility on the part of scholars to be sensitive to how others will hear them and on the part of those
whose preconceptions are being challenged.
- Love that assumes the best of brothers and sisters in Christ. not that looks for any difference of
opinion as an excuse to go on the attack.
- Patience to know that no person or tradition is beyond correction. and therefore no one should jump
to conclusions about another’s motives.1
- Peter Enns. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005, 164 [↩]