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  • September 2011
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The Battle Of The Church

We all live. We all breathe air. We are a child from someone.  We all wear cloths.  We all get sick. We all have to take showers. We all have to shop. We all teach. We all will have to see the dentist. We all work at something.  We all have to use the bathroom.  We all have to eat. We all sleep. We all speak. We all experience joy.  We all experience pain. We all have big toes.  We all learn. We all have hard times.  We all laugh.  We all cry.  We all die.

There are great fights within our church.

When we look at one another, do you see all that we have in common?  The differences between us are our morals.  Morals are what we believe is true and righteous.  Proverbs 16: 8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues with out justice. When you have the Lords righteousness, it doesn’t matter what else you don’t have.  So, even though we may not have the same practices we have a higher bond in common.

We don’t all believe in the same things.  Even those of us who believe in God, don’t believe another way of worship is better than the one we are currently doing.  The main point, God, gets left out of a lot due to the “way we do things”, or “rules” being put in the forefront.  And there causes the split between us. The same can be said with secular life.  One company does things one way and another company does it their way.  Both ways may be good, but both believe that their way is the only way.  Or you could even look at a dinner.  Two people can cook the exact same meal, the difference is how the meal is prepared.  No matter if different ingredients are used, or how prep is done.  And even though they may taste different, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the same meal.

I believe that the Lord loves variety. Let me show you.

Trees are trees.  God has graced us with a variety of different kinds. But, when we look at each category of trees, we can find so much more. Example: the Maple.  Did you know, that there are approximately 129 different kinds of Maple trees.  This doesn’t change the fact that they are still trees. People are the same.  There are people living in approximately 195 different countries in the world.  We have 3 categories of races, with about 5000 different ethnic groups, give or take.  Again, it doesn’t change the fact that we are all people.  Just the way we go about living out our moral beliefs.

When we see people who live against our morals, it can be very hard to not judge them.  Our way of thinking must be the first thing to change if we are all wanting to live together for the glory of God.  We must see the person before we cast judgement of sin on them.  For it is only God’s judgement that holds true. (Although there are many scriptures that I can place here, I will leave you with this one.) Psalm 7:8 The Lord shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me. We must make sure that our morals line up with His.  We must pray God will use us as an example of His mercy and grace.  We must see that there are varieties within varieties, within varieties. We must look away from our differences. We must see that it is God, that is our common ground.  Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  

The word measure doesn’t just mean portion or quantity.  It also means a standard.  For the fighting to end within the church, I will ask you, just whose standards are you going by, and how much of that standard do you use?  Although this battle has been going on for thousands of years, I pray that the church starts to see past the differences and see God.


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