Unity in Essentials?
One of my family members recently updated his Facebook status with the old saying, “Unity in Essentials, Liberty in Non-Essentials.”
I responded by asking, as politely as possible, how it is one can know which things are essential and which are not. I could have a room full of Christians who agreed with this principle, but who completely disagreed about which things were essential and which were non-essential—in which case this principle won’t be of much use.
His response? “Without the spirit it’s each man to himself …”
This strikes me as an unbelievably self-serving response—apparently if you disagree with him about what is essential, you must not have “the spirit.”
This is a fancy way to claim authority for oneself without falsification: the spirit is on my side.
And my wife wonders why I have a “chip on my shoulder” when it comes to evangelical Christians! I would never use this sort of rhetorical device to reinforce my own authority—and if I do I hope you’ll call me on it.