There are hundreds of various denominations within the Christian faith and thousands of various interpretations and doctrines based on the bible. To me, it seems we hear much about two of these groups, evangelicals, and progressives that appear to be on the opposite ends of the Christian belief spectrum. Should we really make the differences out to be an us versus them way of life? My reply to this comes in James 3:10 of the NIV, my brothers and sisters, this should not be.
I grew up as an evangelical and spent nearly 50 years living with that belief. After many years of questioning my beliefs and what I was taught over the years, That certainly does not mean I have all of a sudden become anti-evangelical nor am I an enemy to my brothers and sisters who follow the traditional evangelical way.
Unfortunately, many times we get an us verses them attitude and fight and argue amongst ourselves over doctrine and interpretation of scriptures. Again I say, brothers and sisters, these things ought not to be. We are not enemies. We are not against each other. We are brothers and sisters in Christ with two different views of belief. As Romans 12:4-5 says: "Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body and we all belong to each other."
We are to be a people that make up the one true Church which has many members, each with an equally important part to play with Jesus as the head over us all. Just because we interpret scripture differently, just because we have a little different view on what the bible says does not mean we are enemies.
Rather than fight and argue over who is right or who is wrong, remember we are in this together as a family with God as our Father. We are one community of believers who want to serve our Father by showing his love to a hurting world. There are many ways of following the example of Jesus and living for him.
There are many people out there who are hurting, questioning and lost who do not know that God loves them. All they see is people who claim to know God that are fighting amongst themselves. Because of this, they figure what is the use, there is no reason to become a part of this group of people. They are no different than anyone else.
Followers of Christ are to show the world that God loves them. We are to do this by loving one another, encouraging one another and lifting one another up. We are to show the love of God to those who are hurting and who do not know that God loves them. We are to let the love of the Spirit of Christ flow from within us to touch those who need to know they are loved and accepted.
Rather than fight and argue amongst ourselves over doctrine, denominations and interpretations, we are to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, teach us and love all people with the love of God. We can agree to disagree on things and live a life loving others even in our differences.
Done with Religion is a blog site written by Jim Gordon that describes living with God outside the walls of religion and the traditional church. After fifty some years in the religious system, Jim and his wife have found a freedom from doctrine and religious rules that to them makes following God more meaningful and exciting. Articles talk about freedom in Christ, freedom from religious rules, loving God and loving all people as we walk through this life together. Visit our site at https://donewithreligion.com and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DonewthReligion