Letter to Our Colleagues
Dear Colleagues –
As a fledgling new creation ministry, we realize that in our own strength and our own wisdom we can do nothing. We reflect on our personal errors, and we are humbled at all our shortcomings – past and present. We have now come to a place, for ourselves, where we feel we need to humble ourselves before God and before our brothers.
We know that there are significant differences within the body of Christ, and within the creation movement. But in the Spirit of Jesus, we can have significant differences in both doctrine and science, and still love and respect each other. Where there is not genuine respect, there is not real love. Since all people are made in the image of God, all people are worthy of respect, so certainly we must respect our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us seek not to “be better” than one another, but rather let us encourage, edify, and instruct each other. Let iron sharpen iron – in love.
Clearly we share allegiance to the same wonderful God, and clearly we share the same enemy. That enemy would like us all filled with selfish ambition – which brings pride, resentment, jealousy, competitiveness, division, and every other type of evil. In Christ’s love, let us make a united stand against this enemy. Let us first and foremost be Christ-like in character, and only secondarily be advocates for Biblical truth.
We each individually repent before God, and we ask you to please forgive us for the times we have been proud or self-serving. For the times we have shown disrespect toward you or someone else, we earnestly repent and ask your forgiveness. If we have hurt you in anyway, we are sorry and seek reconciliation. If we have not encouraged you in your contribution to the Kingdom, we are sincerely sorry. One of our offenses is doubtless insensitivity, so for those times we have unknowingly hurt you, please let us know so we may have the opportunity to seek reconciliation.
We realize that we are always subject to error, so we pray that the Lord will help us to graciously receive criticism. May we be good listeners, and may we be teachable. If we can help each other – let us cooperate. Where we can hammer out points of agreement and shared goals – let us join forces. Where we can not agree, let us work independently in goodwill, wishing each other “Godspeed”. This is our sincere prayer for ourselves, and for the entire creation movement.
In the Love of Jesus –
Logos Research Associates,