Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Why Aren't We Holding Hands?
Did you know that?
Well, it's true:
In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.--Romans 12:5
But we sure don't act like it. This is how we sound:
"The Catholics aren't Christians. The worship Mary."
"The Baptists believe in once-saved-always-saved. I couldn't worship with them."
"Pentecostals roll around on the floor in trances. That isn't biblically orderly."
"Methodists welcome gays. I couldn't go there."
You may not like it, but this is what makes a Christian:
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."-Romans 10:9
That's it. That and nothing else. And, as far as I know, all of the above-named denominations would qualify.
Why don't we like that? Why are we not celebrating that we are a big, big club rather than little exclusive sects patting ourselves on the back for being smarter than the next sect?
Because people are different.
We worship the same God differently, I think, based on who God made us.
Bobby likes liturgy. Suzie likes hymns. Bob likes long sermons. Mary likes contemporary worship.
It Doesn't Matter.
We go to two churches in our family, his and hers, sometimes together, sometimes not. We consider both congregations an important part of our lives. My husband and I have different personalities and upbringing. Should I be surprised that God reaches us through different kinds of worship?
Just think of all the ways we express the principle of salvation:
Christ died for our sins.
Christ did what we couldn't do.
We are washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Christ defeated death.
They are all the same thing, but one undoubtedly appeals to us more than the others because of who we are.
By the way--I'm the analytical type. I like the second one.
Can we hold hands anyway?