The Failure of Christianity
While going through an Ephesians Bible study and reading the section about how the Jews hated the Gentiles (anyone not Jewish), it was an easy jump to consider the current racial and political divisions in our country. I was bowled over by John MacArthur’s statement, “Spiritually, a new person in Christ is neither Jew nor Gentile but Christian only.” WOW.
MacArthur’s point is spot on. If Christians are “the Church,” “one body” in Christ, there should be no division amongst those professing to be Christian. That would mean people not defined by their skin color, culture, political belief, education, gender, financial status, or any number of other things that “we” separate ourselves through. The “Church” has even created division within itself, called “denomination.” Yes, I just said that. Remember England and Europe, where Catholics and Protestants fought about who were better Christians? Even in our lifetime this division continues in parts of the world. Christians fight amongst themselves.
If “we” profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 New Life Version (NLV), “For if a man belongs to Christ, he is a new person. The old life is gone. New life has begun.” This is where MacArthur’s statement makes perfect sense. Jesus, Himself, said, in Mark 12, “29 The greatest Law is this, ‘Listen, Jewish people, The Lord our God is one Lord! 30 You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ This is the first Law. 31 The second Law is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other Law is greater than these.” Furthermore, John 13:34 reports that Jesus said, “I give you a new Law. You are to love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.” It doesn’t get any more plain than that.
I don’t mean to beat you with Bible verses; I am trying to make a point. Let’s take the verses into reality. If “we” are truly Christians (followers of Jesus), why is there so much division among us? Let’s face it, we all know Christians who speak unkindly to, or about, people who are not just like they are. Yes, there are Christians who don’t like people who are…
- Without a college degree
- Christians who practice differently
And the list goes on.
The question is: If we are commanded to love one another, why don’t we love everyone? Seriously? When we become a Christian, we become one in the family of God. All these people we don’t like are our brothers and sisters, in Christ, with God as our Father. “We” are family. Family loves, encourages, and supports each other. Families don’t tear each other down. Okay, not everyone has a wonderful relationship with their siblings, but you get the idea.
In these times, people are desperate for kindness, love, and understanding. The “church” must be that light for hurting people. We must stop our stinkin’ thinkin’ and remember who we are. We are the light in a dark world. We need to lead by example. “Love one another.” It’s that simple.
What steps can you take, to make a positive change in the world? Be bold, act like the Christian we are called to be. Love one another. It has to start somewhere, and then, it can spread.