The body of Christ in all her diversity and complexity, to me is still the most beautiful and unique entity on the planet. *I use the word ‘entity’ very loosely here for lack of a better word. I am willing to amend it if someone provides me with a better word*.
I grew up in a pentecostal church that was very conservative. Trousers were not allowed, ladies had to cover their hair in church etc. Even though there were quite a few things i didn’t agree with there, there is no denying the fact that i learnt a lot about Christ from there. In fact my love for sunday school came from there.
My current church is a lot more liberal in comparison. But there is also no denying the fact that it has opened my eyes to another realm of worship and studying of the word that i have never experienced.
Despite the differences in the way sunday services are held, there is equally no denying the fact that both churches are exalting the name of Jesus Christ and that both churches believe in the death, resurrection and second coming of Christ; both believe in the blood of Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. To me, these should be the ties that binds both denominations together.
Believers are one in;
Body – The fellowship of believers (the church).
Spirit – The Holy Spirit, who activates the fellowship.
Hope – That glorious future to which we are all called.
Lord – Christ, to whom we all belong.
Faith – Our singular commitment to Christ.
Baptism – The physical sign of entry into the church.
God – Who is our Father who keeps us for eternity.
There is so much division in the body of Christ today. If we filter through the noise, we will all realise that there is no need for it as we are all fighting the same battle and trying to attain one goal.
The devil is the enemy we all are fighting. Heaven is the place we all are trying to enter. The devil doesn’t want this though as it will make him loose. Instead he will do all he can to ensure that we speak against each other, tear down other denominations, focus on what they aren’t doing quite right even when we haven’t ticked all the boxes ourselves, magnify things that are not significant, and waste time discussing issues that won’t make people miss heaven. As we are talking about these minor and insignificant issues, the devil is busy perfecting his tackles to make sure that hell is overcrowded.
Have you ever wondered what the body of Christ will be like if we all focused on the tiles that binds us together? We might not all agree on everything. But if we can agree on the what matters; that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that He died to save us, that He has risen and will be back to take us His own home; we will decide to do better. Our competitor is not the other church. Neither is it the church that worships on a wednesday. The day of worship doesn’t matter. What matters is who we worship.
Can we please drop our swords and stop fighting? Can’t we see what the devil is doing? How long are we going to keep allowing him distract us with unnecessary things? Will God deny someone access to heaven because they didn’t celebrate christmas? Does that even matter?
Let’s focus on our common grounds instead of expanding on our differences. The body of Christ is one.