Christians, can we talk? I think it’s well past time we had a meeting. You know, the ones family members have when someone we love has gone wayward and an intervention is in order?
Some families have unspoken rules they’d bring up in conversation at this meeting. But we happen to have a written Word. Many of our hard and fast rules are found in the Old Testament. However, the New Testament has a lot to say about how we should conduct ourselves so that God would be glorified.
You see, that’s the crux of the matter for me. Many of us are focusing on the world’s latest news topic. In this case, the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. If you’ve scrolled through your social media walls, it doesn’t take long to see it’s divided us.
And yet, one of Jesus’ very last hopes for us, spoken the night He was betrayed,
I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:23)
There is a whole lot more at stake here than your opinion on the latest current events. I haven’t put a rainbow over my profile picture. I won’t tell you my thoughts about this topic on Facebook. I’m certainly willing to sit down with you and have a heartfelt conversation. As long as it stays healthy and encouraging for the both of us.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I will tell you we’re losing the fight by fighting it among ourselves. They don't see a unified family serving our Savior. I have a friend (several actually but I’m thinking of one in particular) who just watches Christians to see when we’ll mess up. He jumps all over us when we’re hypocritical or just plain critical. We keep him busy.
How often I wish he’d see us being Christlike. We could show him without a doubt, the Spirit living inside of us leaves us oozing with...
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
To be totally honest, the Supreme Court decision isn’t a top priority for me. My main concern is a person’s heart. That should be the top priority of every believer. Does a person belong heart and soul to Jesus?
Further, as Christians, we’re called to a higher standard. Part of that standard most certainly includes the way we treat our other family members. Other believers. Even when we disagree.
Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
In closing, we received our marching orders more than two thousand years ago. They. Have. Not. Changed.
[Jesus] said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)
We've reached the point in our meeting when elderly family members would force us all to embrace in a large group hug. Truth be told, that would probably do us all a lot of good.