A Reminder in Humility

June 14, 2012

A good reminder.

“One of my favorite writers, G.K. Chesterton, put it this way when explaining his theological journey: “It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.”

Theological humility doesn’t mean going around thinking the truth is unknowable. But it involves an awareness that, sometimes, people get stuff wrong. If there’s the slightest possibility you might misunderstand something, you’re better off refusing to condemn a fellow believer — or a fellow human, for that matter — for having come to a different understanding. If you’re going to be wrong, be wrong on the side of grace, not judgment.

Want to exhibit theological humility? First empty your cup of the constant need to be right.”

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