Actions and Words of Unity

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“Actions speak louder than words”.  Common phrase when someone is asking for real meat to what someone says.  This is definitely launched toward people of faith because hypocrisy is the first line of attack towards religious people especially if they are “holier than thou”.

So with my premise that the greatest scandal in the Body of Christ is that we are divide by the flesh, what are people of faith in Jesus supposed to do together?

Worship— Jesus said that the day would come that the true worshiper would worship the Father in spirit and truth (John 4).  If the common denominator is based on what is most undisputed it is that Jesus is Lord.  Stirred in common by the hope of the gospel, Christians of different groups can worship God together.

Coming to each other’s defense— The most extreme example is the Coptic Christians that were martyred at the hands of Isis months ago.  Christians of many labels said that this has to stop.

An odder example would be standing up for brethren in Christ for them to live out their convictions even if they do not agree.  For instance, when I was a Protestant I was outraged about the HSS mandate that would require Catholic organizations to provide contraception.  As an individual I prayed against such persecution thought I did not consider myself to be a Catholic at that time.  The Southern Baptist Convention also spoke against that mandate even though they did not share the same conviction.

In the area of misunderstandings of a group of Christians, we should question with critical thinking any stereotypes.  When I see the hate of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church I give the benefit of the doubt that most baptists are not that way.

But as for what Christians can do together of substance in addition to worshipping together we should regard the anointing of God and remember the poor.

“James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along (Galatians 2:9-10).

Does that seem so hard?  Jesus commanded that we love one another and Apostle John said that His commands are not burdensome. But we make the commands to be burdensome, especially on unity because we think we have Jesus all figured out or someone else did for us.

I recall going to a John 17 (ecuminical movement) event where this was addressed well.  A man in his 30’s who had gone to a bastion of fundamentalism, Moody, described how he had been taught to avoid Catholics and Charismatics for any fellowship.  But by the time he was speaking a majority of the people he hung with were exactly one of those two things.  No cooties were caught.  He questioned his paradigm on the issue, brought it to Jesus and good fruit was brought out.

I hope more of that goes around like a good contagion.

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