Protestant Tested, Catholic Approved

When I was in college a buddy of mine and his girlfriend made connecting iron-on t-shirts – one read “Protestant Tested”, the other, “Catholic Approved.” As I think about what the unity of believers means, I am struck by this ingenious design. Much of the problem with Christianity since it’s appearance on the world’s stage has been the incessant need for its followers to argue and prove their theology to be correct, most of the time at the expense of another believer. So many times this has even been abused by the misuse of scripture, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Don’t get me wrong, I love this I Peter passage, but I love it in context, “all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble…” If we were to actually approach our theological conversations with this in mind, how would they be different? Would they not at that moment truly encapsulate “Protestant Tested, Catholic Approved”?

Maybe it is time to drop the arrogance, restore unity, and focus on what really matters…

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