Romans 15:1-13; 1 Samuel 27-28; Psalm 70
One of the sad commentaries on the church is that the church seems to be the one organization to shoot its own wounded. When we disagree with each other, we can get very intense. There seems to be this attitude that since we are sticking up for what God thinks, we have to be very intense and protect God. While we should never condone heresy, we need to make sure we deal with it in God’s way. You know, the God who sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross to bring forgiveness to all people who will turn to Him? “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6) As Paul continued to deal with the meat eating controversy he focused on doing things God’s way. Sometimes we as believers need to focus on what we agree on. What core beliefs do we have that we can focus on so that we can put aside our differences and work together? God is more about restoring relationships than about right theology. If our relationship with God is right, He’ll change our heresy. And make no mistake – no one understands God completely. We all have some kind of wrong belief in our system. As we let Him change us, we need to give that same opportunity to other believers as well. From a Christian viewpoint I can work with anyone who believes that there is one God expressed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I can work with anyone who believes that Jesus Christ came to earth, was born of a virgin, was God in the flesh, was crucified, dead, buried and resurrected, and that He died in our place to pay the penalty for our sins. I believe that the indwelling Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgment. (I work with others who don’t believe this, of course, but not in the church.) If we agree, then let’s glorify the Lord together.
Lord, You alone are God. You loved us enough that You sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. You continue to love us enough that You continue to mold us and shape us into Your image. Let my life and my fellowship with others continue to glorify you.