I’ve been searching my whole life for that person to love and it’s just always been you, your eyes, being slowly killed by the LED lighting of your computer and/or cellular device.
There are no words to wrap around the gratefulness I feel that you would sacrifice your pupils for my typed nouns, adjectives, and verbs.
I hope your weekend was awesome and that you decided to make that move you’ve always been nervous to make.
And if you haven’t yet made that move, there’s always this week.
I know that in the beginning of this blog, I would say that I didn’t want this to be a Christian blog but a Christian’s blog.
The truth is, it’s just hard to not talk about God on this thing, so apologies if you have ever felt offended or isolated due to my beliefs that have been proclaimed; however, I trust that as I would respect you and your thoughts if you were laying them out to me across a table whilst sipping coffee, you would also respect me and my thoughts (my thoughts and me to be grammatically correct).
What’s cool about the blog, though, is that if you aren’t really respecting my views, you don’t even have to read this junk! Isn’t that neat?
Isn’t virtual interaction just super?
Okay, back on track.
I have been quite perturbed as of late because as I move forward in my walk with God and notice the meshing and also the diminishing of ideals that once seemed so necessary to be separate and cemented in my life, there are still so many people that are stuck in these unnecessary ideals so much so that they don’t realize it’s breaking up the body of Christ.
One of those things that truly have been meshed and almost shown as unimportant in the eyes of God is this concept of denominations and the weight we put on them.
I’m not saying denominations are wrong in the overall body of the Church, unless of course they are not teaching the truth of God. What I am saying is that our identity in Christ does not go second to our identity in denomination.
And I don’t think that was what we intended to do, but it has been what has happened.
We look at separate denominations as if they are all separate cultures completely and it doesn’t matter that a Methodist church is 2 blocks from a Baptist church.
They are separate.
But that’s not God.
God is not saying who is better and who is more full of truth by generalizing the overall mentality and actions of a particular denomination in combat with another.
Sure, we may agree with more ideals with one denomination more than another, and that is amazing. It’s amazing to serve a God that is complex to an extent our brains can’t handle, so we compartmentalize His ways into these different labels.
That’s so cool and a constant reminder that God is beyond anything and anyone.
But as we live in this compartmentalization, we need to make sure that we aren’t comparing and that we aren’t thinking that the major problems we face involve who is with what denomination.
We may go down different paths, but as long as the end result is the same place, then who the heck cares?
Because at that end result (I’m talking Heaven here) there won’t be separate gates for all of the denominations. Just one.
As it says in Colossians 3:11 where Paul is defining what the image of God is:
Here, there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
I feel that it’s safe to assume that this goes for denominations as well.
In Christ, there are no Methodists, Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, or even those that claim Non-Denominational.
Because even saying you’re not something is saying something.
(I am aware there are several other denominations, so please don’t be hurt if your clan did not get a shout-out. I love you guys)
No, we are just God’s people. We are the Kind Ones. We love God and therefore love the hell out of everyone around us.
And if you’re too focused to see God’s love and work because you’re too set on someone’s denomination being the foundation of their backslides and mistakes, then I am so sorry that you missed out on everything.
Love you guys,