Although there is a danger to oversimplify the issues, we basically deal with two frameworks who have little if anything in common although they appear to be very similar in outlook. The one framework is that of creation, we are created and accountable individually and collectively to the creator with regard to the intended purpose of us and the wider creation. The other is that of evolution where the individual is accountable to the collect while the collect is accountable to the individual as well. Within the latter frameworks there are myriads and myriads of sub-frameworks often defined by age, gender, race, culture, occupation, education, class as well as possession and finances.
But even within the first framework where someone else but us matters, God, we have many sub-frameworks. And so it is not uncommon that we don't see eye to eye on many issues. Part of the many differences is that we read Scripture from our own vantage point, filtered by our own experiences and upbringing. But I see Scripture affirming a foundational reality that always accompanies a comprehensive belief and application in the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is; When God makes us one with Christ, He also makes us one with each other." God has removed the barriers of separation resulting from sin and consequently erected by society. The Good News is that people who would remain separated in any other sphere of society are brought together in the body of Christ, the church. The church exemplifies a radically different social order because it integrates people who are very unlike one another. The humiliating and divisive worldly notions of class, race, economics, and gender however continues to prove to be a painful source of fragmentation, and alienation within the body of Christ. As far as I understand God's word to us, the church is an all-- . . . community, yet we continue to organize ourselves around distinctive characteristics such as origin rather than the common truth that we once were dead in our sins. All this is a fundamental failure to comprehend the extend, the depth and width of the Gospel.
One goal of the church is to positively demonstrate that God had something different in mind when he originally created order. The fellowship of God's people here and now are the "show-homes," we are intended to be his demonstration of what it means to be fully reconciled to him and one another without any dissonant distinctions through gender, age, culture, race, class, personalities or abilities.
|For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known 1 Cor 13:12.|