One of the questions that I have struggled with is: how do we pick who to gather with?
It seems that most people gather with people that agree with them on “essential” issues. Is this right? Well, if by essential they mean issues that define Biblical Christianity then probably that is a good idea: I mean if they don’t believe in the Divinity of Christ, for example, then they couldn’t even be considered a part of the church, right?
But there are LOTS of people who believe in the essential elements of Christianity and we can’t gather with ALL of them. So how do we decide who we gather with and not do so in a divisive way? It seems divisive to me to only gather with those who you agree with theologically, stylistically, or ideologically. Not only is it divisive but it is not conducive to growth. You learn much more from people who don’t agree with you then people who do.
I guess you can’t gather with people who refuse to gather with you, so that may eliminate a lot of people for me!
This is a serious practical question: how do we decide who we gather with?