Common Love

randomlychad  —  May 1, 2011 — 3 Comments

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When l think about the watching world, I wonder what it sees. Does it see Christians living in unity?

How do we treat our brothers and sisters in the household of faith? Are we living out Jesus’ words: “By this they shall know you are my disciples, by your love for one another,” or not?

How do we handle those places where we disagree? With hostility? Or humility?

Are we saved in the name of Piper, or Bell, or Graham, or Laurie, or Driscoll–or in the name of Jesus?

It seems to me there’s another way–a harder, but better–way: frame the discussion with the common love we say we share for a common Savior.

The building blocks to unity are all those things that we have in common as Christians. And there is nothing else to do but the hard work of love. The foundation must be laid.

And here is where it is lain: we both say Jesus is Lord, thus that is we start our accord: in common love for an awesome Lord.

Why is this so hard? When the whole world is at stake? While she watches and waits?

Church, we need to get our act together. We are one body in Jesus. Let’s live like it.

Unity is an achievable goal if we shall but humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and look past the veneer, see the hearts of our brothers and sisters.

Unity. It’s worth the risk. Love takes the risk.

Will you take the risk?

This post is part of a synchroblog in support of Rachel Held Evans’ Rally to Restore Unity.




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