One of the things that I am convinced of is that while we all may be part of different churches we are all part of the same “church.” The body of Christ. The body of Christ is made up all believers in Jesus Christ, no matter what local congregation or denomination we may be part of.
The body of Christ is made of all those that call upon His name and wish to see Him glorified and lifted up, no matter what tradition or tribe they may be part of. That tribe may be Baptist, or Methodist, or Pentecostal, or Catholic, or any dozens of other groups that we are part of.
Through Jesus Christ, we are all one.
That’s how He sees us.
And, I’m convinced that’s how the world sees us too. The world doesn’t seen us in all of our different traditions and denominations, it see us all as “Christian.” We are all a mass of “Christians” no matter what group we are part of.
So, when we as Christians nuke each other and throw bombs at each other, what does it say to a dying world? If we can’t get along and work together and be the church, then what hope is there?
Listen to what Paul says today in Romans 16 17-18:
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
Watch out for divisions today. Watch out for those things that separate us today. This is not to say that we all agree on everything. We don’t. We all have real differences. Real things that separate us.
And you know that’s ok. We don’t have to agree on everything. In fact, there’s only one thing that we do have to agree on.
As one of my heroes said – if your heart has been warmed as my heart has, then brother give me your hard.
We are all on the same team. We have much more in common than that separates us! We serve the same God. Let’s work for the same purpose. God is good. He is worthy of our praise.
May we all as Christians work together for His purpose!
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