It’s valuable to understand what motivates our various positions. Giving space for us to voice what’s “at stake” for each of us can grow our empathy for each other’s perspectives.

For example, among us, what’s “at stake” might be (just to name a few):

  • Faithful discipleship to Jesus. 
  • Consistent and coherent readings and interpretations of the Bible. 
  • Our allegiances and citizenship obligations and where those various obligations agree and conflict.
  • Which actions are appropriate for a Christian to take in regard to the people and things we value. 
  • Who and what we ought to value, and in what order (family, innocents, countrymen, life, liberty, property, justice, peace, etc.). 
  • Matching the witness of Jesus’ earliest followers AND/OR our Anabaptist faith tradition.
  • How we understand justice, protection, and peacemaking, especially for those experiencing oppression, injustice, and violence. 
  • The role of the government and our relationship as Christians to the government. 
  • Honoring one’s heritage/legacy, whether it’s of the early church, Anabaptist history, one’s national history, or one’s family history. 
  • How we read the Bible and how it influences our lives. 
  • Whether the USMB Confession of Faith is “proscriptive” (tells us what we’re aiming to do/be) or “descriptive” (declares to others what we already do/are).

 

SO – those might be a few things “at stake” in this discussion.

 

When you consider the question, what do you think is “at stake” for us in this article 13 conversation?