Letter 1: We all sit in the same boat

“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned . . . Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God.”

(Psalm 51:2 – 4, 9 – 10).


I’m sure we both agree and are touched by this. Yet on many other topics we are not likely to agree. In conversations with spiritual contents it is natural to argue according to our respective convictions. Someone rightly said that all too often convictions are worse enemies to the truth than lies. Convictions are really little more than opinions. Discussions on this basis are predictable: Everybody talks and nobody listens. We should not follow such a pattern. I suggest the answer is to honestly face contentious issues squarely and with determination to find out together what is trustworthy and why. After all, it is a matter affecting eternity! Therefore, we dare not be superficial in our search. We do not want to risk that one of us goes astray! Unless our faith is based on evident revelation from God, we should be critical. After all, if we do believe and follow God’s truth, what are we afraid of losing? Divine truth must be and is perceived and backed up by evidence.


Knowing each other a little by now, I am sure that together we will, with kindness, understanding and sober judgement, find what concerns us more than anything else in this world!


Yours sincerely,