Think you know what God is saying? Don’t be so sure.
I have grown weary of people — both conservative and progressive — who authoritatively claim to know what God wants. ASBO Jesus has once again got it just right.
Here’s one of my guiding principles: my skepticism of one’s position is correlated to the absolute clarity with which it is claimed to agree with God’s will. This does not mean that one should avoid claiming to have a sense of God’s will. Such a position would leave one idle on the Christian pilgrimage. Rather, it means that we should claim to believe what God might be calling us to do, with the humility and charity to admit that we might be wrong. That advice goes for everyone.
It’s easy for me, as a progressive, to poke at conservatives who claim to speak authoritatively for God. But it’s equally important for progressives who lay claim to the call of the Holy Spirit to admit that, if we’re going to ask for a “listening process” it goes both ways. We progressives and liberals had better be willing to admit that we could possibly be wrong, especially when we claim to speak God’s will.