My kids and I have recently watched two very good movies – “Glory Road” (about the 1965-66 NCAA basketball team from TX with 7 African Americans and 5 white players that won the NCAA Championship that year) & “42” (about Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player to play MLB). Both of these movies have lots of really powerful messages, one of which relates to the strength that comes from being inclusive rather than exclusive.
In my thinking, this lesson is true not only in racial contexts but also in lots of different applications. If you consider the recent firestorm the John MacArthur has launched against Charismatics, perhaps there are some lessons for both sides of this controversy. And maybe the overarching lesson for both sides of this controversy is that the Holy Spirit would challenge us to be better at genuine love than in our abilities to beat each other up over our theological differences – Romans 5:5 🙂