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Some Fresh Queries


As I understand it, a query is a question.

So, here are some queries:

Is it Biblical for Christians to sue other Christians?  {Yes or No? - no verbalism}

If a group of Christian leaders were to ignore (1 Cor. 6: 1-9) and sue a church, could it be that such a maneuver would be a "test case?"

Could such a "test case" be a subtle, or not so subtle message to other churches?

What does this activity show the world about our all important "peace witness?"

Could this activity be perceived as bullying?

When I previously offered a query about the Roann litigation, I was referred to "established rules of property law,"   So. . . 

How then do we reconcile support for those who violate "the law" by refusing to register for selective service, or those who protest government activity and then opportunistically use "law" when it helps an agenda?

Isn't that rather utilitarian?

Regarding peace, why is the COB so silent about abortion?

Are "environmental issues" such as "Unfinished Business Item 2" more important than the sanctification of human life, in a "peace church?"

And, why was a Brethren Pro-Life group denied exhibit space after their one & only year at A.C.?

So, theologians, I'll go a little Augustinian here:  Where do you live? In the City of God, or the City of Man?

Last query:  What does Rev. 3:16 say about wanting to ride the fence between the two cities?

A  Response from Scott Holland

Interesting questions, David, on the current web page of B4BA. For Augustine, as for the Brethren movement, we live in both the City of God and the City of Man. Thus, we pray that God's Kingdom might come while we stop at stop signs and pay taxes to pave the roads which carry us to both the church and the civic center.
 
Concerning the Roann question, I think Craig Allen Meyer's recommendation that an outside mediator be called upon to work with the parties in conflict outside of the courtroom captures the best spiritual and political wisdom of the Anabaptist-Pietist heritage. However, the departing group, the collective choosing to separate from the denomination, by demanding property and financial rights to the assets of the Roann Church of the Brethren in doing so appear to be more like Episcopalians fighting over property than Pietists contending for faithful hearts and minds. This gesture in itself is to some of us quite telling about the politics of the separatists. If you choose to fight for church property which is no longer yours in the manner of the Episcopalians, then like good Anglicans, you should be prepared to enter the courtroom where churchly disputes that have been made public and political can be weighed on the scales of justice and thus resolved nonviolently.
 
If you like, David, you may post this on your blog. Thanks again for raising these questions. -- Scott Holland