By: Michael Haywood
The acquittal of George Zimmerman on this past Saturday is one that has stirred a lot of controversy, and seems to be pulling race and classes of people further apart, including Believers. Well the Church is failing again. This blog is written for the Believers in Jesus Christ, called to be the Church. The Church is an organism not organization, created by the Holy Spirit to bring reconciliation to humanity. Well, how well are we doing?
Ever since Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians, the scriptures have been warning us against division and yet, we seem to be more divided than ever. We have set ourselves against one another by forming and then reforming denominations. Has anyone else noticed that Christianity is the most segregated religion in the world? Even Muslims seem less divided than Christians, as there are really only two factions in Islam.
So what happened, and how did we get this way? Simple, we continue to focus on the wrong thing. We continue to focus on the symptom and not the cancer itself. “The cancer that I am speaking of is sin, the very real and true nature of man. The fact is, the only way for us to deal with this cancer is through the only real chemo, which is Christ. As Paul begins his argument, it’s as if the answer to our plight leaps out of the epistle in the very first chapter of 1 Corinthians 1:10, “That you all “AGREE” and that there be no division among you!” Agree on what you ask? “That you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment (as Christ).
Yes, it’s just that simple; we have not made the authority of Christ and His will our priority, but have made our own selfish ambitions the ruler. Paul wrote in Philippians to have the mind of Christ, and the question I have for the Church is, is this impossible for the Church, if Christ Himself commanded it? I don’t think so. We have the power to do what Christ has called us to do, and that is reconcile humanity back to God, each other, ourselves and the world. So how are we doing?
If anyone is guilty of anything, it’s the Church! Right now in my hometown of Oakland, CA people are in the streets fighting for the “Injustice,” so they say. However, I believe they are frustrated because their expectations and realities are too far apart. They claim to be fighting for an American justice system, a system that was designed for the people and not the individual. Isn’t that the definition of a democracy; a government of the people, by the people and for the people? And if this is the case, then the only way an individual can truly have justice in such a system is if that system is laced with a Church that loves one another and so fulfills the Law of Liberty.
So, where is the church, do we really exist? Jesus said, “You shall know my disciples by the love they have one, for another.” Where is the (volitional) love for one another, no matter what the class or color of one’s skin? Ok, so I didn’t write all of this not to have a solution (not really my solution). The Church must return to a Conservative Orthodox Biblical World View as opposed to a man centered postmodern Christendom world view. So here’s a good start. Let’s take Paul serious when he writes in Ephesians 6:10-16. I would write it out, however I would love for you to read it for yourself.
Bottom line, we must recognize the cancer, expose it and rid the Church of it. The World, the Flesh and the Devil has messed us up for far too long. We must make reconciliation a priority. Where there is pain and hurt, we must apply Matthew 18, Luke 17 and Galatians 6. There should be no division amongst us. The world, culture, nor family should not ever come between those in Christ (Luke 14:26-33). I believe we can still be the solution and not add more fuel to a flaming and out of control fire. Yes, I am still that one holdout that believes what the Bible says and believe the Church can stand for at least one more “great awakening” before our Saviors Return!!!! Come on Church, let’s take a stand for true justice in Christ!!!