But the devil, they say, is in the details. Amen? First, what exactly constitutes good works and then which of those tasks are we as Christians to undertake?
“If I profess,” Martin Luther noted, “with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. That is because where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.”
If you agree, then must we not first identify where the battle rages? Next, how is it that we, as Christians, should respond? Is it a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this pastor was promoting and/or volunteering at our local homeless shelter, or is it confronting the leaders of our time as Jesus so often did? Perhaps it is a combination of both? If that is the case, then in what proportion/ratio for each? In all things balance, right? If you use too much gas and not enough oxygen your car’s engine will not be able to run. Is it not also true that if you see a need, that is your calling? So what are those needs? For example:
Does it bother you that COVID has become the primary religion in America and churches have shut down, bowing to Caesar’s wishes? As a result of manmade COVID fears, children have killed themselves, parents, guardians and many citizens have been harassed and discriminated against, families separated and neighborhoods and churches divided and polarized.
Then, how about the divisive role of our government-run schools who are forcing their faux CRT and other anti-parent agendas on the taxpayers’ children? Our government is now hiring hundreds of sexual deviants to fill the halls of Washington DC and other state houses as well as the aforementioned Government-run schools.
What about our border that is under siege from foreign invaders? Then there is the issue of our public servants borrowing money under false pretenses and then spending it like drunken sailors on issues that are meant to destroy Christianity. The list of needs goes on. Then there is the question of the manner in which we approach our task.
As I watch and listen to my other brothers and sisters in Christ, there never seems to be a middle ground. Some are seemingly intent on using force and intimidation, oft times banging their subjects up the side of the head with the Bible. There are, as well, those who are seemingly hoping to get themselves arrested or assailed. Evidently, their suffering is “proof” that they are the true followers of Christ. They praise those in their ranks that have burned down abortion clinics and/or refuse to obey authorities, getting arrested by authorities and chastised by other Christians. Yes, I know the Bible talks about times such as these and yes, I have been arrested for my beliefs. I have also boldly confronted church leaders and their followers on many occasions. But does that prove I am a true Christian? But what about that mission trip, going out into the whole world and feeding the poor?
Here’s the bottom line and I know I’ve already made a lot of friends, but it needs to be said. Our Creator made it quite clear that “where there is unity the Lord commands a blessing” and I’d say it is high time that we started looking for that unity. Take a trip overseas and help out your fellow man. I’m good with that if that is indeed the need. Confront authorities and risk physical and financial injuries, yep, that too. But if we are to be successful as a church body, we really need to reach out to the entire church body and be more ecumenical, working together like our enemy has been doing.
There is an old saying that you are what you think you are and it’s about high time that the church started thinking that they are one body, “united” in cause, purpose and most importantly, in God’s will. When that happens we will be incredibly successful but first we must make that a goal and not hold our noses while doing so. That means we all need to build relationships and construct a bridge that goes two ways and not just one. To me that does not mean you take the easy road or beat your brothers and sisters and mankind in general into submission. Again, we are family and need to recognize that we are all in the family of God and on the same team. Amen?
James JR Harrison