One Less Enemy
I had a long, honest, and amicable conversation with Jackie Alnor over the phone yesterday.
While this will no doubt surprise long time readers of the PhxP, it might surprise you more that Jackie actually instigated the conversation with a singular motive of reconciliation.
Let me be really clear here…in the long and conflicted history of the blog, very few people involved in the conflicts have ever reached out to me as one Christian to another.
What Jackie did was worthy of respect…a lot of respect.
While we still have some profound theological differences, we found we had a great deal in common as human beings.
Neither of our lives or our perceived callings have been very easy.
The main thing I want to share with you this morning is about motivations.
Jackie and I both do what we do because we love the Body of Christ and we both believe that what we do is necessary for the health and well being of the Body.
I have often failed to recognize that, but it would be sinful…I have been sinful….in ascribing other motives to her actions.
Jackie is not a bad person or a mean spirited person…she has very very strong beliefs that I don’t share, but that are within the bounds of orthodoxy.
She acts on her beliefs, as do I.
She is a sister in Christ, in truth, a very warm and decent human being.
We won’t bridge the theological differences in this life and we may butt heads in the future…but we will do so as family.
Thank you for your time and for listening, Jackie.