Editor's Note (4/8/2010): We have updated the video to correct a slight editing glitch.
In today’s video Conversation, Dr. Greg Boyd discusses the basic truths that provide the framework for Christian belief and distinguishes them from the potentially divisive issues that do not compromise what he refers to as the “non-negotiable” truths.
Boyd lists the following as non-negotiables: the basic storyline of scripture, which includes the progression of creation, the fall, the redemption, and the eschaton—the final hope. There are also some attendant theological perspectives that Christians must accept. For example:
Who is God? He is the God revealed in Jesus Christ and the Triune God.
How are we redeemed? We are redeemed through God’s grace.
In the last century, however, many in the church have lost the ability to be gracious about our disagreements on negotiable issues. While having to wrestle with diverse thoughts and ideas in the church is nothing new, it seems that we have lost the ability to discuss these issues lovingly. This is especially true among conservative Protestants in the last century.
Boyd comments that this spirit of generosity is one of the saddest things that the church has lost—our lack of tolerance with each other carries over into society. Consequently, many others see Christians as intolerant and judgmental because we are not at all representing the graciousness and love and service of Jesus Christ.
This lack of graciousness is not the beauty of Jesus Christ. And we need to get back to the beauty of Jesus Christ.