From Jeff Munroe
I believe the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America should merge. Please tell me why they shouldn’t. I mean that literally. Please respond to this blog and tell me why they shouldn’t.
This is not a new conviction of mine. I remember sitting in a seminary class almost thirty years ago discussing Paul’s great calls for unity in I Corinthians and the professor passionately lamenting the sinful nature of the fractures in the body of Christ. Naïve kid that I was, I raised my hand and asked, “Why don’t the RCA and CRC merge?” I remember his answer clearly. The first reason was women’s ordination. In the intervening years, that’s been solved. The second was that a lot of denominational employees would lose their jobs. That reason causes two distinct thoughts to come into my mind.
- I don’t believe the purpose of a denomination is to employ people.
- Haven’t the cutbacks caused by the poor economy in recent years already left each denomination’s staff so thin a merger would actually help?
Whatever differences remain don't seem significant. What are the differences? Sunday evening worship?