Sunday, August 7, 2011

United We Stand…

John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

John 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Romans 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Saturday, August 6, 2011 was a hallmark day in the kingdom of God.  There  were 30,000 Christians joined together at Reliant stadium in Houston, Texas.  All there for one thing – prayer for our nation and our world.  And it got me thinking of one of my pet peeves.  One that I’m sometimes just as guilty of as anyone else.

It drives me nuts when I see believers battling each other over doctrinal differences.  Sure, one is right and one isn’t.  But haven’t you figured out yet that it’s my doctrine that’s right?  Yes, I’m laughing when I say that.  But you, yes you, right there in the front row.  Do you see that guy at the other end of the row?  He’s a Pentecostal.  You know.  One of those people that thinks you have to speak in what you consider gibberish if you’re saved and you can lose that salvation.  Guess what.  He’s going to be there in heaven worshipping Jesus just as much as you are.  Maybe even standing right next to you.  And you in the third row!  Yes, you, the Calvinist.  See the person next to you?  He’s one of those “grace people”.  Yeah, the ones you think are using grace as a license to sin.  Of course he thinks you’re a little whacky for thinking that God would limit who can enter heaven without giving all of us at least a chance to make that decision.  And you two will both be worshipping Jesus in heaven, too.  And I’ll tell you how I know that.

The verses that started this post are really a progression that seals one aspect of what we are.

  1. Jesus and the Father are one.
  2. Jesus shares with us the glory that the Father gave Him, so that we might be one like Jesus and the Father.
  3. Because of that, every believer is part of the very same Body of Christ, one with each other, one with all three aspects of God, no matter what our doctrinal stance may be.
That gives us all great privilege, but also great responsibility.  I can recall, before I committed to Christ, seeing Christians from different churches having heated discussions about doctrinal differences and why one was right and the other was wrong.  That never drew me to Christ.  But there were times when I’d see people from different denominations fellowshipping together around what Jesus did for us, loving each other as brethren in Christ, showing others the love that God has for each of us.  That did impress me.

We’re soldiers for Christ.  We don’t need to be shooting down our own soldiers, helping the enemy thin our ranks,  when there are better targets in the enemy camp.  We’re supposed to be battling the enemy, not each other.  And we are to build each other up, not tear each other down.  I suspect that, once we get to heaven, we’ll find out that we’re all wrong about some of our doctrine.  So, let’s not fellowship around how different we are, but around how much alike we are because Christ is in us.

So, what are you going to do today to fellowship with someone you normally wouldn’t?

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