A Mosaic of Perspectives

(Carson Weitnauer) #1

As the global home for the RZIM family, RZIM Connect is becoming a brilliant mosaic of Jesus-followers representing different ages, languages and backgrounds; professions and political persuasions; cultures, continents and colors; theological and ecclesiastical traditions; and socio-economic environments.

Consequently, this community also represents and reflects that diversity in a wide range of experiences, perspectives, insights and answers to life’s questions. There is beauty and unity within the diversity. None of us are Jesus (obviously), whereas, individually, not one of us has the answer to every question.

At the same time, our different and unique voices from all over the world are all pointing towards and endeavoring to glorify God the Father through Jesus Christ, His Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In a small way, then, this community feels like a foretaste of what heaven will be like!

As we read in Revelation 7:9-10:

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

All of that prologue to set a foundation for this: as a grand Mosaic incorporates a variety of colors all servicing the integrity of the picture, RZIM Connect also solicits and sincerely invites YOU…ALL of YOU – to add your “color” to the community by engaging with topics with comments, insights, perspectives, wisdom and knowledge. We value your voice!

Whether your voice comes from the esteemed Halls of Oxford, the bustling city of Kampala, the rustic countryside of the midwestern United States, the beach locales of Australia and all areas in between…that voice…YOUR VOICE is truly welcomed here.

So even if a Topic has already been discussed, or a question has already received a few outstanding answers, we invite you to contribute your own, unique perspective to the conversation.

As we seek to honor and learn from our differences, there are two important principles that enable this community to grow in maturity and health, as RZIM Connect is a moderated community.

The first is the importance of being good neighbors to one another.

The greater our diversity, the more important it becomes for us to share our thoughts in a welcoming, hospitable, and friendly manner. We want to solicit other points of view, listen well to one another, give the benefit of the doubt, and ask open-ended questions. In general, we want to consistently and joyfully demonstrate that we truly love one another:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God (1 John 4:7).

The second principle is that, while all men and women are created equal, not all ideas are equal.

As Ravi has said:

It’s very easy slip from the true claim— “all people have equal value” —to the false claim that “all ideas have equal merit.” But those are two very different ideas indeed.

For that reason, and to make this community as valuable as possible for every visitor and regular contributor, please be sure to take a few minutes and read through our Checklist for a Good Response.

Set a high bar for the quality of your contributions - this will help you grow and serve the community well.

In addition, from time to time, we encourage every member of RZIM Connect to read our terms of service, and in particular, our Statement of Faith.

Also, while it would be interesting to facilitate discussions between representatives of different religions and worldviews in RZIM Connect, at the present time, we are focusing on equipping “the believer to think.”

Therefore, bring your passion for the Lord into the conversation knowing that you are talking with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

As Colossians 3:12-17 encourages us,

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

As we love ‘one another’ in this way, we trust and pray that many who overhear the conversations in RZIM Connect may decide to start following Jesus!

To sum it up…

We are thrilled by the diverse kinds of diversity in RZIM Connect. We look forward to this growing and increasing in ways beyond what we can currently imagine. We invite you to share your voice and perspective in the community.

As we love one another as brothers and sisters, united by a shared mission and statement of faith, we believe this community will increasingly become an indispensable place to grow as confident disciples and effective witnesses of Christ’s love.

May God be glorified in you and through you. Grace and peace!

Thanks are due to @WarnerMiller, @KMac, and @jspare for their substantial help in crafting this!

Agree in the Lord
Agree in the Lord
(Tim Ramey) #2

What a masterpiece of a brilliant portrayal of a dynamic engineering feat accomplished by the God of Life through His precious and devoted followers.

You addressed eloquently my concerns. “Concern” magnifies the issue. I just want the most for the dear folks joined to Connect and to encourage with insightful suggestions you and the other leaders.

I quote what Someone else said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

(Carson Weitnauer) #3

Hi Tim, thank you for your kindness and encouragement. This post itself is the result of a mosaic of voices! Warner wrote the first draft and his fantastic way of putting things made it far, far better than I could have ever written. Kathleen and Joshua’s input also took it up a level. I’m grateful for their hearts, insight, and kindness.