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Why Can't we get it Together?

Disclaimer, this is not going to be a piece about politics ! I’m just using the current political climate in America to analyze the church’s plight. Let me define “church,” for the sake of this piece. By church, I mean those who believe that the Bible is the absolute Word of God and Salvation is through Christ alone. Studies disagree about the numbers, but one thing is clear, we are a significant MINORITY in America.

 It also looks to me like the church is suffering from a plight much like the Republican party in America. In both groups, there is a lack of unity. In the political party and the church there are a variety of relatively high profile leaders who are making some noise, but around each leader is a different “camp.” Differences can always be discussed and agreements can be made to disagree, but in the end, our mission needs to be the ultimate focal point, and we must be united on it.

This isn’t happening, and it partially explains why neither group can get any traction right now. We have enough “competition” from forces outside the church, in a culture where a Biblical worldview is no longer the norm. Our stumping for our set of doctrinal priorities is not painting an attractive picture.

Paul addressed this problem in the New Testament.

In 1st Corinthians 3, the Bible states: “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?” 

There is nothing wrong with being a serious student of Theology, but that’s not mission number one. A single mom struggling to keep her head above water is not interested in a rousing discussion of Ecclesiology.

 I’m not advocating that we throw sound doctrine under the bus, but that is not what a hurting world that has all but written us off will take notice of. Jesus said, they will know you are my disciples by the love . . .” Doctrines, traditions and rituals were not mentioned.

Faith in Jesus is a relationship. How can we share that, if we don’t have good relationships with others in and outside of the church?