Continued from here.
As I said in my last blog entry, Micah 6:8 is my guiding passage for how to react when I see things differently from a Christian brother or sister. I am to ACT justly and to LOVE mercy. So, let’s say I know you are not tithing and I believe that tithing is a biblical requirement. I’m not going to judge you for not tithing. Instead, I’m going to love you as you neglect to tithe (and suffer the consequences of neglecting to tithe) while I live by example and tithe. You’ll see the blessings I reap, and when you ask me about those blessings, I’ll be in a position to share how God has been faithful to Malachi 3:8-10 in opening up the floodgates to bless my obedience in tithing. Your status as a Christian is not based upon your obedience in tithing. If we had to be 100% obedient to every commandment to earn our way into Heaven, then Heaven would look like a ghost town!
Jesus said that if I love him, then I will keep his commands. He did not say that if I love him, I will legislate everyone else’s faith and kick them out of my Church family if they don’t follow what I tell them to do. Instead, Jesus called us to unity, stating that it’s in our unity that the world will know that God sent Jesus to us and that He loves us. Shame on all of us for prioritizing “being right” over unity and splitting our Church family over issues, which is killing our witness to the world! The world isn’t seeing that what’s left after a “divorce” is “right” – they see that us hypocrites who are no more capable of walking in unity than they are … or, worse – that the world does a better job of staying unified than the Church!
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace smiling with her hands up in the air, saying, “Live your best life!” Courtesy Bitmoji.]