Christians are agreed on coming to JESUS CHRIST for salvation. From there, we tend to differ on everything. That’s probably the main thing that makes the lost world dislike us most. Hey…if WE can’t agree on anything, why would they think we are right about JESUS?
Jesus Himself was very clear. On His KNEES, his most fervent prayer to God the Father was that “those who will believe in me … may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17)
Guess He could see, even then, how it would go.
I’m not a theologian and have no desire to go toe-to-toe with one. But do you really think God despises any of the many ways we come to Him through Jesus? I love people who worship in mysterious incense filled room, and people who trudge to him in sturdy oxfords serving soup, and people loud and jolly dancing in His Spirit, and some silent and demure in prayers of their heart. In every “brand” there are Spirit-filled followers.
Yet many of us still throw rocks at those in other “rooms.”
So let us hope and pray and do our small part to light the way to the One who set us free. Then trust His Spirit to lead us to the room off the entryway where He wants us to worship. And love our brothers and sisters in the Lord enough to see they have their own journey.
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12)
There’s just one Jesus. Just one cross.
We can cry about the way it is now. Or we can laugh. Here’s a little humor to defuse the tension:
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said ‘Stop! Don’t do it!’ ‘Why shouldn’t I?’ he said. I said, ‘Well, there’s so much to live for!’ He said, ‘Like what?’ I said, ‘Well…are you religious or atheist?’ He said, ‘Religious.’ I said, ‘me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?’ He said, ‘Christian.’ I said, ‘me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?’ He said, ‘Protestant.’ I said, ‘me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?’ He said, ‘Baptist!’ I said, ‘Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist church of god or Baptist church of the lord?’ He said, ‘Baptist church of god!’ I said, ‘me too! Are you original Baptist church of god, or are you reformed Baptist church of god?’ He said, ‘Reformed Baptist church of god!’ I said, ‘me too! Are you reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?’ He said, ‘Reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!’ I said, ‘Die, heretic scum,’ and pushed him off. –Emo Phillips