Separation is a Bible word. So every Bible believer believes something about separation. But how much separation is enough?
Were fundamentalists everywhere coerced to pick one issue that defined them, ‘separation’ would likely take first, second and third place.
Fundie infighting is well known. So the question of how much separation is enough is far from a purely academic one.
Sometimes, ‘separation’ [with implicit denouncement/scapegoating] looks rather like a ploy to mark boundaries of a pastor’s ecclesial ‘kingdom.’ The handsome boy to the left marks his territory every time I take him on a walk. But pastors do it for another reason.
If a pastor can make the ‘compromiser’ stick, the ministry of his ministerial rival will be crippled. This in turn will make the prevailing pastor’s financial future all the more secure. It’s a bit like rival business interests suing over rights to brand a product. The irony is that this itself make the church look … well … highly secular.
Today’s challenge is simple: How many degrees of separation is enough.
Do we separate from the unconverted?
Do we separate from the disorderly brother?
Do we separate from the guy with differing views on last things?
Do we separate from the guy who doesn’t do altar calls?
What exactly does ‘separation’ mean?