“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
– Galatians 6:10
At a time when Christianity is facing some of its greatest discrimination, persecution, and apostasy, the greatest enemy to Christian faith may not be forces from without, but Christians turning on one another.
We have long seen battles between denominations who differ over whose version of Christianity is more correct. But a more troubling division is brewing and threatening to boil over: Denominations battling within, as Christians, in general, are condemning one another.
Making noise and one-upping isn’t the way
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
– Luke 14:11
Some people make loud and proud professions of their faith. It’s almost as if they are trying to say: “My faith is stronger than yours,” and therefore I am more of or a better Christian than you are.
But Jesus reminds us that humility and service are the way.
Agreeing on the essentials
Rather than condemning one another, Christians should be agreeing on the essentials:
- Devotion to God above all else.
- Jesus Christ is the Messiah and Savior.
- Redemption comes through Jesus Christ.
- Obeying God’s commandments.
- Repenting and turning away from sin.
- Forgiving others.
- Being humble and serving others.
- Helping to preserve and encourage the faith.
- Helping family and church.
Christians are a single-family
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,”
– Ephesians 2:19
Today’s verse reminds us that we should lift up and support others rather than condemn them. Christians are not divided by race, nationality, gender, political affiliation or any other grouping. We are all members of the Christian family.
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
– Philippians 3:20