Christianity Today reports the recent event of the Global Faith Forum held at North Wood Church in TX. It was a meeting of chosen representatives from the evangelical Protestant wing of Christianity (of which I am a part), Muslims and Jews (though no Zionist Jews).
Somewhere way down in my gut I have alarms going off. Not that such an event should not happen (it should) nor that it could not be profitable (it seemed to be), but that until you include the heavy guns from the two largest parts of the Christian Tradition who represents at least 2/3 of those who profess Christianity, you aren’t having a real conversation yet.
I have been an evangelical long enough to know we are easy pickings. There is very little we won’t do or give up to get someone to attend our church, sign our petitions, and generally be nice to us. The Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Patriarchs tend to tighten things up a bit, don’t you think? If I see enough vestments in one room, I find it hard to even swallow, much less carry on an honest conversation. Okay, maybe that is the point.
But this conversation feels like recess to me. So let’s call it that. Recess has some value. But it’s still playtime.