Each chapter in this book ends with a section that Hamilton calls “Getting it Right.“ This is where he sums up the chapter and highlights or addresses those areas he deems most important. In this study we will do the same thing on the weekend. You can bring out any point that was made, you can address again an issue that struck a chord, you can give a general impression, or if you are like me you can use the weekend as a day to catch up.
This chapter and the following discussion has been interesting. I expected more people to come at this week from what Hamilton named “Christian Exclusivist” viewpoint. I believe that there are those of you out there who are reading this and think that I am way off base. Let me tell you now, that is fair. I expect that and would encourage you to think through what you believe and discuss it here, so that we all may benefit from your feelings. We have been very cordial to date so that is not a problem.
When Hamilton writes about getting it right, he tells the story of the Muslim who through love and acceptance found out about Christ. If we do not live our lives in this manner will turn people away and they will never have the chance to see what we have to offer. Following Christ is not about heaven, for me it is working to help bring about what the New Testament calls the Kingdom of God. This is the place where love and caring abound.
Is this utopian idea possible with all of the divisions we have in the faiths that surround us. What would “the Kingdom of God” right here and right now, look like to you and your family?
I have asked two questions, you may comment or ask others. If you have not commented this week I encourage you to do so. I have been overwhelmed by the people who have commented and I am amazed by the number of folks who appear to be participating by just following along. Please continue to ask others to join us.