Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Church"



Someone just sent me this interesting exercise in thought from Max Lucado...


The church names we banter about?  They don’t exist in heaven.  Because it’s not the denomination that saves you.  And I wonder, if there’re no denominations in heaven, why do we have denominations on earth?
I know this is a crazy thought—but what would happen if all the churches agreed, on a given day, to change their names simply to “church?”  And then when people chose which church to attend, they wouldn’t do so by the sign outside, they’d do so by the hearts of the people inside.
And then, when people were asked what church they attended, their answer wouldn’t be a label but just a location. And then, we Christians wouldn’t be known for what divides us; instead we’d be known for what unites us—our common Father.
Crazy idea?  Perhaps.   But I think God would like it.  It was His idea to begin with!
Hmmm....

"I will build my ekklesia, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."  (Jesus of Nazareth)



1 comment:

  1. Yes! It would be awesome! Now we can only see the "hearts" of those inside by looking at the beliefs of that particular church and by using God's Word to discern what the pastor teaches his flock. I've visited churches where the people were so friendly and welcoming that it seemed their hearts were good, too, but then I'd learn those sweet people and their kind, soft-spoken shepherd believe "everyone" goes to Heaven. Of course all of us PCAers know that isn't true and we are also certain that once we are perfected in Heaven we will all be PCAers. Haha. Seriously, though, I guess we who love God and belong to Him through Christ's sacrifice for us on the cross are at different levels of understanding/seeing who God truly is. For some of us, as we grow in our sanctification, our vision and understanding of God changes and so we join a church that's more in line with what we believe at that time in our lives. I have not always been reformed but I am thankful God has opened my eyes to understand this is the best place for me. "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 Until then we, His church, stand here divided but still united...in the love of Christ. :)

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