My sister just read that title and asked me if I don’t love her then (she’s a feminist, haha) but just in case you didn’t get that, like my sister (I wish sarcasm ran in the family) I’m being totally sarcastic. But on a more serious note, I really feel like this is how we (the Christians) currently live our lives. This has come to light on varying issues that have been going on in the world lately such as ISIS, Ferguson, the Gaza and Israel conflict etc. I know that as individual people with different backgrounds, upbringings and experiences we have our own views and that isn’t wrong at all. But when these differences of opinions become more important than loving each other we have miserably failed the very thing Jesus prayed for in the High Priestly Prayer (John 17:1-26).
“..that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
It would be wonderful if we could agree on literally everything, theologically and politically (that would also be a bit weird…) but realistically speaking that isn’t going to happen anytime soon (maybe in heaven perhaps? haha). I’m not asking for that at all. All I want is to see us addressing the issue itself rather than all these emotional, defensive, angry tweets I have seen lately. We are going to be spending our eternal life together (basically like roomies but forever, CAN’T WAIT), all sharing, as one body of Christ, His life.
I used to feel really angry when I used to encounter others who called themselves Christians but acted so harsh and condemning towards their brothers and sisters in Christ who had other views. But now instead of being frustrated I pray for them (bet you didn’t think of that one did ya, haha). But honestly it has helped me understand their particular view (not necessarily agree with them) but it has given me the opportunity to show grace when otherwise I could not have done that.
I love you guys (even those of you who aren’t Narnia fans- you are missing out!).
Let’s show the world through our unity that we are in fact one, like our Lord Jesus and God the Father.
Amen, Dora. Jesus said that it us our love for one another that will mark us as true followers of Christ. Following the way of Jesus is difficult, but at the same time it is not very complicated. He called us to love all, even our enemies. Thus is discipleship.
Another really good point that you make in your blog about the importance of their being unity and oneness in the body of Christ.