While this is certainly a familiar story--both within the church as well as within the culture--it bears some examination. At the heart of the story is the question of what it means to love our neighbors. But there are also questions about how to apply the original cultural/historical context to our present time, what truly loving our neighbor really looks like in a practical way, and how we move beyond theoretical love to active love.
How do we know the Spirit is with us? How can we be sure that the Spirit is acting? Is it just a feeling, like a gut instinct that something other than ourselves is in control? Or is it something else altogether?
What is it about humbleness that's so attractive, yet so difficult? Could it be that our humility might be the most compelling thing about us and our churches?
Is it critical that all Christians agree on these matters? Or is there room for honest and deeply felt differences of opinion and doctrine?
Despite the claims of some, the Bible is anything but clear in regard to any number of issues.
What if "repenting" has less to do with behavior modification and more to do with a whole new way of being? What if it's not so much about the bad habits or sins we need to give up, but a radical reorientation of our lives?
Does God preordain salvation, or do we have freedom to choose? What is God's will, and does it make any difference?