I think the first piece of literature — whether it be a position paper, a pamphlet or webpage — I think any new Christian church needs to get down is its understanding of and relationship with non-Christians.
There’s too much to unpack in a format as brief as blog writing, but having a Christian church — corporately and by its members — clear on its relationship with non-Christians is important
- because Christianity is broadly known — in part because of its most noxious proponents — for using force, inflammatory rhetoric and the weight of dominant culture to get its way.
- in the United States, culture and Christianity is loosing cohesion.
- many if not most Christians care deeply about persons who hold another religion or none.
- interfaith relationships are a helpful proxy for other important theological distinctives.
Discuss, if you like.