One of my favorite episodes of The Office is the Injury. That's the one where Michael
Now most of us would claim that, unlike Michael, we already know that. I mean obviously the head is more important than the foot. So if we know that's true, then why as Christians do we spend so much time examining the foot instead of looking at the head (the head being Jesus Christ). How much time is wasted arguing over things like can Christians drink? Can we eat shellfish? Do dogs go to heaven? Harry Potter the Anti-Christ; yes or no? Can you be a democrat and still love Jesus? What about worship music? Is it okay to have an electric guitar? Or Is a tambourine a tool of the devil? What about dancing? Was the preacher in Footloose on to something? Or is it okay to bust a move every now and then? Which version of the Bible is the best? ESV (extra spiritual version)? King James? Is the New Living Translation just for hippies and whippersnappers? What about mega churches vs. well...non mega churches? These disagreements are nothing new to the Church, they've been happening since the beginning.
In first Corinthians, Paul writes about the divisions in the church of Corinth. The church was disagreeing over who they were following; Paul vs. Apollos <insert democrat vs.republican/ charismatic vs.conservative/ Pro-home-schooling vs. not>. Paul said this quarreling between them showed their lack of maturity in Christ. And that's how we look to the world <insert non-believers> when we argue with one another. Just like a bunch of immature babies. Jesus said that we are the light of the world and a city on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14). We have to realize our light is such a contrast to the world's darkness (or it should be) that they can't help but look at us. And like it or not, they are judging Jesus Christ based on what they see. And I think right now what the world sees is the Body of Christ attacking itself every chance it gets.
I wouldn't say the we have a
Now I'm normally an optimist but when it comes to getting large groups of people to agree on things, I have to be a realist and say it's probably not going to happen. We're never all going to agree on what church should look like. Some want church to be a concert experience, others want a quiet sanctuary. And we could spend the rest of eternity arguing about who's right and still not come up with an answer. So what do we do? How can we have unity when our ways of thinking are so diverse? I believe that Paul has the answer. He says in 1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." Jesus is the answer. I mean why didn't I think of that. Any five year old in Sunday School will tell you that Jesus is the answer <insert will get you a piece of candy> 9 out of 10 times. We agreed in the beginning that the Head is more important than the foot, right? Alright then, well if Jesus Christ is the Head and He's our common foundation, what are we arguing about?
I love how Paul starts the letter in 1 Corinthians. He writes "To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - their Lord and ours." So if we are all calling on the same name, the name of Jesus Christ, what else matters? Does it matter if I'm calling on Him by raising my hands in church? Or if I'm calling on Him sitting silently in a pew. If He's being glorified in the end, is one really better than the other? And is it worth arguing about whether a sermon is based off of a secular movie (or a blog based off a secular show) or a parable in the bible? If the message is Christ centered and Jesus is glorified, is there really anything to fight about?
Michael makes a big deal over an injury that isn't really that serious. And we as the Body of Christ have a tendency to do the same. We make a big commotion because someone doesn't "do" church the way we do. But if we all just remember what Paul said about Jesus being the one foundation among all us believers. Then though my Eucharist may involve oyster crackers and grape juice, whereas yours involves pita and wine, we understand that we're all communing with the same God. When we do this the Body of Christ will start moving effectively throughout the world, no longer bound by our own beliefs but unified by our belief in Jesus Christ. Amen!
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