I was talking with someone on the phone this morning who called me a heretic. The conversation was moving so fast I didn’t have a chance to disagree, argue or defend myself. The longer we talked the more he kept dropping the word, particularly in reference to me but clearly using it in a way that he felt was positive.
Back in my Bible College days we didn’t use this term in a positive way.
After the phone call I decided to check in with Mr. Webster and see what his dictionary could tell me about the “h” word.
Main Entry: her•e•tic
Pronunciation: \ˈher-ə-ˌtik, ˈhe-rə-\
Date: 14th century
1 : a dissenter from established religious dogma; especially : a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church who disavows a revealed truth
2 : one who dissents from an accepted belief or doctrine
And then I thought, “Damn, I guess I am a heretic.”