How many times in the political arena do we hear the thought expressed of someone being extreme left or extreme right?
Being extreme, however, is not limited to the political arena. We often find the beast of extremism within the church.
In the limited time we are given on earth, we will see numerous “issues” that become a major hobby horse for well intended brethren.
They become so dogmatic or extreme in their approach to these issues it leads to 1) a division in the church, 2) leaving for a more liberal mindset, 3) attending another congregation, or 4) leaving to start their “own.”
We do not find these options in scripture.
Only Christ has the power to remove the candlestick from any congregation.
Our responsibility is to learn the difference between Biblical doctrine and personal opinion.
Spiritual leadership is about finding the proper balance to maintain the unity needed within the Lord’s church.
In a time where people are trying to prevent the world from influencing the church, let us not become so extreme that our actions portray what we are trying to prevent.