Divisions

As a church (Christ’s Church) we are to be His children and His ambassadors.  We are to be the light of the world.

We complain about violence in the world.  We watch nations rip apart other nations.  We watch ethnic and religious groups kill each other in the same country.  Children are killed.  People are maimed.   We say “what horror!”  “If only they found Christ, there would be peace.”

But, what an example we display with churches telling their people they can’t take communion in another church.  Baptisms that don’t count.  Judgment over who is “really” saved and who isn’t.  We’re not talking about small disagreements like how we dress on Sunday or unclear understandings of scripture like the rapture and tribulation.

I’m talking about major foundations of faith.  Restricting communion?  Oh, yeah, Jesus would have said that!  Sprinkled or immersed?  I know how John the Baptist felt on that.  “Oh, you go to that church,” you must not be saved.  That denomination has some really weird beliefs.

What is stranger? People who won’t drive cars, people who only drive black cars, people who cross themselves, or people who baptize babies?

What is stranger? People who wear coverings or people that get tattoos with scripture?

What is stranger? People who wear long hair or people who shave their heads?

Can we expect a world to live in peace when we try to define true Christianity by our own tunnel vision and beliefs?

1 Corinthians 1:10

A Church Divided Over Leaders ] I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
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