Posted by: JennyRain | November 9, 2009

When did all of the infighting start?

Jesus came to seek and save that which is lost.

The last time I checked, Jesus did not come to save a building, or a style of worship, a management structure, or a Christian Business CEO’s “rights” just because he founded things! 

Perhaps that is why I am so torked about what is going on with a few of our local churches who are all a snarl over property and rights. It is really frustrating me that those of us who are professing followers of Christ can not co-exist with one another in Peacefulness. I mean – did Christ not say “Peace I leave you, My Peace I give to you” ?

And as much as I would love to believe that this current bedlam has been contained to one diocese existing within one period of history, unfortunately, our Christian heritage includes a slew of cataclysmic scenarios that have a similar ring.

We are all equally guilty of setting a bad example.

Here are some more stories that will make your hair stand on end:

Whether we as followers of Christ (supposedly!) are fighting over buildings, worship styles,  congregants, beliefs, doctrines, or leaders – somehow our conflict eventually becomes public and we end up looking pathetic rather than powerful witnesses of God’s amazing Grace.

I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!
 
 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? (1 Cor 6)

 

Now, people will be people whether they follow Christ or not and I am not disillusioned enough to believe that all “church-work” happens without some casualties.

The issue that I have, rather, is that there is an inordinate amount of time, resources, and energy being spent on this battle that could be spent ministering to people in need.
 
 
I have seen some of the churches battling to keep their buildings and watched their ministries.
 
They have had a long track history of being robust. Vibrant. Alive. It was in one of these churches that my own faith burgeoned and developed. I have also seen the other side who is fighting to take the land back. I have seen many viable, worthwhile ministries come from within the fold of these congregations too.
 
So as I see it – on both sides of the war – valuable ministry resources are being drained in an unending fight where the ultimate losers are the communities and individuals around who:
 
  • need help and are not able to receive it because both money and time is being reallocated to court costs
  • are considering who Christ is and what He stands for and are horrified at the example that the “leaders” on both sides are setting

 

How many people are we driving farther away from Christ on principle or behavior that is less than holy?

I have one thing to all of these warring church bodies.

Shame on you!

 

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