My relationship with God and my relationship with the church have often been very different. In part two of "Journey to Affirming Theology," I discuss particular junctures at which my experience and my beliefs were incongruent, and what happens at the crossroads. As someone who has grown up with an understanding of the church as a vehicle for humanitarian efforts—feeding the homeless, healing the sick, and helping the vulnerable among us—the Gospel and social justice have often been inextricably linked. But what happens when the questions of ethics are at crossroads with institutional idealisms? How can we begin to allow the questions of ethics to inform how we practice a faith that performs practical good in the world?
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/11772