In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision, I was rather shocked by something I witnessed (thanks to social media and the internet): Christians being attacked…by other Christians. I expected that from nonbelievers or the world in general, but not from brothers and sisters in Christ.
Now call me a hypochondriac, but I am pretty sure it’s a sign of illness within a body when members of the same body are attacking each other. Have you ever heard of an autoimmune disorder? It’s when a body’s immune system attacks healthy body tissue and organs, leaving the body weak and vulnerable to the real threats, such as viruses and infections. In other words, when a body attacks itself, it’s not going to function properly.
As members of the body of Christ, we should all have the same purpose in mind: to tell the world the good news of Jesus Christ. And that good news is not just simply that Jesus loves them despite their sin but that He loves them too much to leave them in that sin (and if anyone is unclear on what is sin or not, the Bible is very explicit on that matter), so He gave up His own life to grant us freedom from sin. But our purpose doesn’t just stop there. We are to also love, pray for, encourage, and support one another.
And shouldn’t we want to do this if we are part of the same body?
For too long, the church has neglected its Christ-centered purpose, allowing itself to become lethargic and ineffective. There is a world of lost, hurting, hopeless, broken, blind people, and we cannot reach them if we are too busy being self-absorbed and sedentary as a body. It’s time we start functioning the way a healthy body should.
I don’t have all the answers to how we go about this, but I do know it needs to start with us as individuals and in our homes. We need to put God back at the center of our lives, spending more time on our knees in prayer, in His word, and engaged with our families than we do on Facebook or other such distractions. Then as our families are strengthened, our churches will be strengthened, and the we can truly be what we were designed to be, and that is the hands and feet of Christ.
“…But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12: 24-27
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34,35