On Sunday I introduced my message, “A Superior Savior”, from Matthew 9:14-17 by talking about the various efforts toward syncretism today: the attempt by many to just take what people think are the best points of all religions and make a new one. I pointed out how there is disdain in this world toward Christians who say that Christ is the only way to heaven. I pointed out how that one of the major differences among various worldviews and religions is how they view the very basic nature of man and sin and how each one proposes to address this problem.
I found it interesting then how a friend of Joel Belz recently told “a large audience last week that the most pressing issue for the Christian community in the years just ahead is not going to be homosexuality or gay marriage or abortion or Obamacare, he got my attention. None of those, he said. The central issue will be pluralism.”
Belz goes on to explain that there are two kinds of pluralism: 1) the kind that we can support and defend and 2) the kind that goes too far and is incompatible with the Bible. Click over and read “Defining Pluralism” so you understand and are able to articulate the difference in the days ahead. It is an issue that Christians will be forced to explain clearly in the coming days.