Continued from here.
When did we, as a Church, decide that “being right” takes priority over being unified? I don’t see that message in the Bible. Sure, God does bring His people to “remnant moments” where, after trying everything else, He does break His people apart, but this only happens after many, many chances for repentance. For example, God continued to protect Israel for hundreds of years, even though its kings were evil, because He loved His people and gave them chance after chance to repent.
I don’t see God ripping apart His people every time they did something that He disagreed with. The entire Bible is filled with people getting it wrong and God extending them grace … again and again and again. And yet, that’s not how we treat one another. We say either we do this RIGHT (= “my way”), or we’ll leave the small group, leave the local church/ministry, or even leave the denomination (or start a new one). And then everyone in that small group, local church, ministry, or denomination had better see things the same way, or it will be time to split again. Oh, how God must grieve this mentality!
And yet, we are never going to see things the same way because we are not all the same. We are all members of the same body, but we are not the same body parts. Thus, we are not going to see things the same way, just as an eye and a foot have a completely different perspective. Neither is “right” or “wrong” – it’s simply a different viewpoint based upon a different function. Rather than rejecting one another for seeing things differently, could we not learn to appreciate those differences and pull back to see a bigger picture as a Body? How can the Church possibly operate as a healthy Body when each local church only consists of eyes or feet?
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace with her arms folded and saying, “Ya, Right.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]