Friday, September 28, 2012

Iron Brotherhood

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
- Proverbs 27:17

Today, I was reminded of one of the reasons why we humans live in community and why we Christians put so much emphasis on fellowship.

Let me just start this off by saying that I am thankful for my leadership team that I have this year. There are a number of really great guys on the hall, getting to know whom has been an immense pleasure.

Of these, there's one particular person that I've clicked with. [I'll leave him anonymous for anonymity's sake, sorry] Now, we both have the same U.S. History Survey class and we were meeting up to study for an upcoming test <cough... erm... tomorrow>. Afterwards, we started chatting and just rambling through a ton of different topics, ranging from evolution (the bias in textbooks, logical fallacies committed [straw man, oversimplification], general holes in the autonomy of the theory that, to me as a Christian biology student*, scream "God works here!"), to the state of the church, to the efficacy of short term missions, to toxic charities/missions trips, Convocation, how God has worked in the past and recently, etc.

Needless to say, we rambled and it was a good rambling. It brought to mind the verse written above and I thought about it anew. Too often Christians use this and limit this to the context of accountability, but, in all honesty, it's about living in community and engaging in meaningful conversation with people. When you're doing this, you're guaranteed to come across different views, or a facet of your thoughts or ideas you had never before considered. In these ways, we temper each other and, well, sharpen each other. we hone our edges, wearing away the rough edges into a clean, sharp razor.

*I would love to engage in reasonable, intelligent discussion about evolution/science from a Christian lens vs. an evolutionist lens