I read an interesting article in Christianity Today about how a group of staff at Taylor university published a news letter / website anonymously to voice their opinions because they felt their viewpoint was being silenced. They titled the project Excalibur and voiced their opinion that Taylor had given into a liberal minded agenda.
As a result of Excalibur, some on both sides of the political spectrum felt racial oppression had been encouraged, though the professors tried to make it clear that was not their intent in a follow up statement.
I am not at all interested in taking sides in this debate. More so, my questions are practical:
- How should Christians respond in the public square when they feel they are being silenced?
- How can we give brothers and sisters who disagree with us space in the public square so that they feel they are being heard?
- Where do we draw the line between being open to other opinions and avoiding giving space in the public square for false teachers to lead others astray?
Notice that all of my questions have ‘public square’ in them. That is really what is interesting to me - how can we engage one another before the watching world in a way that is winsome rather than divisive without surrendering a commitment to truth?