Monday, September 20, 2010

Unity, Liberty, and Charity

Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him ... Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. - Romans 14:3, 19
There was controversy in the early church. Some participated in activities others thought unacceptable. Participants thought the abstainers were prudes, abstainers thought the participants were sinners.

The Apostle Paul called both to focus on Christ not themselves or each other. We don't have to agree on everything to love God together; and we don't have to worship the same way or at the same place to worship the same God. We can each trust God will change each other as we, both, grow in Christ.

All Christian churches are 95% in agreement in faith and practice. They all confess Jesus is LORD and believe God has raised him, bodily, from the dead.

There's an old saying attributed to an ancient theologian, St. Augustine:
In essentials UNITY,
In non essentials LIBERTY,
In all things, CHARITY.1

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