Debate, Debacle, Disunity

The discord within the American chapter of the family of Christ really upsets me.  We make a big deal about the non-essentials, and that is all that the world sees. No wonder we are publicly mocked and not taken seriously as artists, scientists, or politicians.

It doesn’t matter if the Noah movie is Biblically accurate; it doesn’t matter if Michael and Lisa Gungor “literally” interpret the book of Genesis; and it doesn’t even matter – I dare say – if you believe that the Holy Spirit is supernaturally at work today.

While I have personal opinions on all of these recent “controversies,” my opinions aren’t essential to my salvation.  Stop nitpicking all these minute details and start focusing on what really matters: the message that Jesus came down as fully God and fully human, died as a sinless man, rose after three days, descended into heaven, and by His grace gave us the gift of salvation, a gift that is received through faith alone in the aforementioned death and resurrection.

How about we let the world see the good news we have to share?  How about we show them our faith by actions, not by our often negative and argumentative words?  We should see these “incidents” as a wake-up call to be doers of the Word, not as a way to spout off our self-validating and “correct” opinions.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6, NIV).

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