When reading the title to my article, you have to be honest, right? I bet, like me, you immediately thought of the hit song by Huey Lewis and the News, or the movie, Back to the Future. Maybe the last thing you thought of is Christianity or the Church.
According to the Founder of Christianity, we as Christians are to be known by our love for Jesus Christ and one another. Matter of fact the world would know that we are his disciples by our love. But as you are well aware of, every Sunday morning we all segregate into our own favorite flavors of Christianity and tasty preferences of religious delights.
As believers, our doctrine and affiliations should not separate us. We are to be known by our love for one another, regardless of whether we agree or disagree on tenents of the faith.
Love for one another trumps knowledge, prophecy, and tongues. Love trumps Calvinism and Arminianism. Love trumps Premillennialism and Postmillennialism. Love trumps and destroys bitterness and anything that may divide us.
If Jesus Christ were to walk into our town of Copperopolis on any given Sunday morning, we’d all leave our Church buildings and gather where He is. He, not the differences in our denominations, is the focus. Jesus Christ is not a Baptist nor a Pentecostal; He’s not a Presbyterian, a Catholic, or an Independent. He is the where, the who, and the why we are followers. He is not a denomination, a religion, or a building.
Where is the Church of Copperopolis? Where is the Church of your town or your city?
Jesus Christ is the Great Shepherd of one Church and one Body — we need to act like it and put aside our petty and religious differences. Let’s save our towns, county, and states and seek and save the lost. They are everywhere that we’re not.
We have to love beyond the borders of our denominations, beyond enforces of sectarianism and the supremacy of the elitists. Without Love, we have no authentic identity as disciples and no real gospel power.
Let the love of Christ Jesus compel us towards unity and love for one another. Otherwise, the world will be without a witness and the real Power of Love!