Jump directly to the Content

Why Gordon Is Conflicted

from The MacDonald Files

• From my journal: I like the word "conflicted." It describes my feelings when I see and appreciate both sides of a complex issue and find myself disinclined to assert an opinion.

I'm conflicted, for example, about President Bush's proposed tax cut, conflicted about some forms of worship, conflicted about the Atkins diet. On even days, I can argue "for," on odd days "against." I'm conflicted, you see!

I come from a Christian background where it seemed that one should never be (or admit being) conflicted on matters of doctrine or ethical persuasion or almost anything else for that matter. We were taught to "take a stand," never to compromise. But sometimes that smelled like arrogance and bull-headedness to me.

I am an older man now, and I often see many sides to once-simple questions. The things about which I am sure certaintly have shrunk in number. "On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand" speaks to me. All the rest? Well, I guess you could say that I am sometimes, ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Ted Engstrom shares five books that are helping him in ministry.
From the Magazine
Learning to Love Our Neighbor’s Fears
Learning to Love Our Neighbor’s Fears
We aren’t all equally afraid of the same things. But Scripture’s wisdom can apply to all of us.
Editor's Pick
When Churches Put Love at the Center
When Churches Put Love at the Center
How "beloved community" helps us envision tangible ways to embody kingdom values.