My spirit is grieved today and I can’t help but think God’s must be too.
Did I miss some sort of class?
What is with influential Christian leaders using their platforms to slander co-laborers in Christ? Have we gotten so far off mission that we see it our job to warn people of ministry styles and strategies that we disagree with? Based on what I’ve seen lately; Yes.
We would be wise to think about New Testament events. Look at each of the historical characters and ask ourselves this question…
“Which character am I?”
Because I am an adult, there are some things I know to be true. For example; body shaming and hurling insults at a man’s wife is frowned upon. Church, let me remind us today that….
WE are the BODY and WE are the BRIDE. (Eph. 4:1-3, Isa. 54:5)
Don’t body shame Christ. Don’t slander the bride of Christ. You are the body and the bride. That church or minister down the street that you think is prideful or misguided… they are the body and the bride. Anything that needs to be corrected or set straight, make no mistake, it will be! Let’s get busy doing what we’re supposed to be doing and let God be responsible for His own body and bride.
We can DISAGREE without DISHONOR.
I know this may be a new concept for some, but I promise it’s true! How do I know this? I’m married, that’s how. I disagree with my wonderful husband at least once a day. But I can choose to honor in my disagreement. If you know me at all you know I am not a door mat. Quite the opposite. Once I’ve said my input, though, I back off. I understand that God has given my husband the incredibly large task of leadership over our family. We need to be careful not to dishonor in our disagreements. (*special note to unmarried women: you get to choose who you submit to… choose wisely! “winky kiss face emoji”)
Why is this so important? Because our ability to carry out the great commission is DIRECTLY connected to our level of UNITY in the church. In Christ’s last public prayer before He went to the cross, He prayed for all of His current and future followers. This is what He prayed…
John 17:20-23 (NIV)
“My prayer is not for them alone (current followers). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Be careful how you describe Christ’s body. Be courteous in how you talk about His Bride. Disagree without dishonor, dysfunction and disunity.
UNITY in the body and bride= More lost will be found!