March 17, 2021·Brian Majors
16Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.
17For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,
18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
You don’t need a magnifying glass or telescope to see the clear lines of disunity in the Church. It’s evident that, in this season, we have collectively allowed race, politics, and cultural differences to divide us.
And it might seem ridiculous that the Apostle Paul addressed in this letter to a group of people, a church made up of many different cultural backgrounds, that FOOD shouldn’t get in the way of their unity in Christ. Disagreements over food must have caused such a divide that Paul decided to address it head on. It wasn’t a light matter, unity within the Church never is a “light matter.”
It’s very clear that…
Paul writes in Galatians 3:28 (NIV)…
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Even if you know this to be true, it’s obvious we don’t act as if it’s true. The Church is arguably just as divided as some people feel this nation is.
It’s also clear, that…
We are NOT making every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification (v. 19); then, we are NOT pleasing God (v. 18) and our focus is NOTon the Kingdom, which is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (v. 17); then, we must be aiding Satan in his attempts to tear Jesus’ Church apart, without any realization!
I know that’s a strong statement… but we also make a strong statement when the world sees Jesus’ Church:
My people! With much prayer, let’s make a conscious effort to be:
If we were all sitting in church right now, I would ask you to look at your neighbor and say this…
“If God is our Father, that makes us family… how could you love God and not love me?”
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ who unites us all.
Pastor Brian Majors