Disclaimer: I don’t mean to offend anybody here, this is not for anyone in particular, but is only an expression of frustration by the author.
I have something against the Christian “Church” of today. There is a hole in the way Christians handle the Gospel and Christianity. It’s all focused on faith, faith, faith, but there’s something lacking – Love.
I’m tired of people who tell the world how great their faith is, but to look at how they treat their neighbor and their loved ones, they fall face flat on the ground. Even ministers, pastors, songleaders, elders and leaders forget this most important thing. I’ve seen many preachers who take pride of the name of their “Church” as if it is an exclusive company, and worse, they even throw arguments after arguments against other churches. They preach to their members with boldness, they may appear spiritual, highly energized, emotional, and they may even cry but they aren’t loving in their relationships through their everyday conversations and dealings with their family, friends and other unbelievers. It’s a sad fact. Doctrines do not constitute the true faith of a man. Faith without love is useless.
Doctrines and Labels divide but Love builds the One True Church. The Early Church are those simple citizens who were following behind the steps Jesus, they aren’t labeled for their own defined perpetualized concepts and practices and especially, there was no membership! Satan is so cunning that his scheme was to separate the Church through persecution. This has lead to the formulation of groups and denominations, sadly, fanclubs as atheists mock us. Every emerged group became more concerned with their own interpretations and knowledge and so created a great deal of confusion to the scattered believers all over the planet. “In a war, the first thing you should destroy to defeat the enemy is the communication line.” The enemy was successful for this split.
As a result, a mass of spiritual information overload has been accumulated per “Church”. It caused an isolated exposure to every believer that the doctrines of their church are the true ones to follow. Believers defend their beliefs against each other, even to the extent of anger, mockery and dispute. Members are monitored and forced to give their tithes instead of checking up their spiritual condition. Pastors encourage their members to focus on gifts but neglect the stumbling of others. Seminars, conferences, revivals are everywhere but the everyday manifestation of peace is lacking.
When sharing the gift of Good News, believers should stop repelling and start listening. The duty is not to condemn people for their sins as it is the work of the quickening of the Holy Spirit. It is to point to the problem and then show them what love is – not only through words. If challenged, how insensitive and cold it is that sometimes we focus immediately on how to defend the taught doctrines rather than extending our arms and embracing that fellow! Of course all will not be ready to be receptive, but the question is “You yourself, are you really listening?“
Get back to the basics – the Word of God. Don’t say, “I follow Apollos” or “I follow Paul.” It’s the same as “I follow the belief system of the Evangelicals,” or “I follow the Fundamentalists and Traditionals,” or “I follow the Pentecostal teachings.” Stop this nonsense! This kind of narrow thinking separates the Kingdom! Don’t concentrate and emphasize on the minors like doctrinal differences, or practices, dealings with spiritual realm like demonology, or gifts, or prophecies, or how God works in this physical world (it’s not even in our job description anyway). I don’t care about all of them, I CARE ABOUT HOW YOU LOVE OTHERS! This is the problem: You are eagerly concerned about how obedient you are, how strong you are to handle worldly temptations, how spiritual you are, and how happy and content on how well you are with your faith. Yet you forget to hold your brother up from the mud of sin, you forget to treat your loved ones with respect, you don’t listen, you secretly condemn others by being cold and indifferent, you say “God bless you, I will pray for you,” yet do not lend a hand to him. It’s sick! Is that how you show love?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against the Church, what I am against is the “Church” – the religion, the line of divisions, the groupings and labels, their boxes of doctrines, the caused confusion and the pride. What I am for, is the True Love. Imagine this, what would it be like if you are, say, living in the mountain regions, content with only God and yourself, really having a close personal relationship, holding only your Bible and communing with God everyday beside the river? No outside preachings of subjective concepts, no pressure, just you and Him. Then the peace that you contain inside will show how well you love the people around you as you treat them with respect everyday. Imagine the question they’d ask you, “What is this with you that is not with us?” when they see the radiation of joy and love! Imagine how you and your fellow believer who are experiencing the same kind of love would embrace tightly when you see each other and be on fire on sharing that love? Selfless! Joyful! Peaceful!
It if is not about love, then why did Christ die 2000 years ago on that brutal Cross? It’s all that matters – Love! They are Two Greatest Commandments, right?
Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. – 1 Cor. 8:1
If you’re kinda pissed off with the article, please relax, watch and listen to the song by Steven Curtis Chapman posted above and let’s sing it together. 🙂
All About Love”
I. We’ve got CD sets and videos, radio and TV shows
Conferences, retreats and seminars
We’ve got books and magazines to read on everything from A to Z
And a web to surf from anywhere we are
But I hope with all this information buzzing through our brains
That we will not let our hearts forget the most important thing
Is love, love, love, love, love
It’s all about love, love, love, love, love
Everything else comes down to this
Nothing any higher on the list than love
It’s all about love
II. Now they’re fighting in the middle east
And they’re fighting down on Seventh Street
And there are fights in my own house on given days
It’s like something’s lurking deep inside
That Can’t seem to be satisfied
But life was not meant to be lived this way
‘Cause it’s true for every man and woman
Every boy and girl
That our only hope for living here together in this world.
Bridge: This is the reason we were made
To know the love of our Creator
And to give the love He’s given us away
Yeah, the Maker, and the Father, and the God of everything
He says to love, love, love
He says love, love, love
Love, love, love
‘Cause after all, it’s all about love.