So many people have approached me (a author published in both fiction and non-fiction) asking what they need to do to, "become a writer." And I am quite sure that my response to them, "write." Is infuriating to them because I think what they are really asking is, "how do I become famous as a writer," or perhaps, "how do I make a living as a writer." I do not know the answer to either of these questions despite the fact that I have published multiple times in both non-fiction and fiction. I do know how to become a writer, you write.
That question made me think about what Christians do? If writers write do Christians Christ? We know that's not right. According to Jesus Christians love. (Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples -- if you have love for one another." John 13:35) So according to Jesus, Christians love.
And that makes me wonder why we ask folks to take "tests" before we allow themselves to associate with us as Christians? Why do we make folks say they believe everything we believe or everything we think to be right before we allow them in the circle? I suppose it makes the role call easier. It might be awkward to say, "we are only letting people who love into this circle." But the truth is that we all fail at that love assignment -- most of us fail that on a daily basis. (That's why we need a Savior).
I don't have any answers here -- I only have these wondering questions and a strong desire to let God have God's way with me and with the church.