Permit me for a moment, to restate that one of the things I am about is the big "F" word: friendship between men and women. Friendship between men and women is empowering. It is liberating. It is deeply healing. It is also intimate. Men and women immersed in the beauty and challenge of friendship inspire one another to the fullest relational life possible. Christ has called us to life. Abundant life.
For a number of reasons friendship between men and women poses difficulties for evangelicals. Friendship for many evangelicals in the Western world is not a spiritual practice. When its not a spiritual practice the temptation is to see it as a private and personal preference which has nothing do with social and spiritual shalom between the sexes.