In my opinion, the U.S. Government runs terribly when the two dominant political parties focus too much on their differing convictions on policy and reform. It seems to me that Washington runs much more efficiently, and more for the benefit of the people, when all leaders, regardless of where they fall on the spectrum, firstly focus on what binds them all together, a common love for country and a desire to make the U.S.A. a better place.
Pardon me for making a church to state metaphor, but I believe that church works in a very similar way. The most clear calling for the church, in my mind, is to introduce people to the person of Jesus and to make God’s name great among the nations. How can this be done though, if those of different denominations spend the majority of their time fighting over smaller issues of theology and belief? Unfortunately, this latter scenario seems to be the reality of late.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t discuss our differences in these areas. I obviously believe that maintaining sound theology is important, but I also believe that the most important theological belief is one that hopefully all of us in the Christian church share, that Jesus Christ is the hope of the nations. This truth should supersede all else. It is the vital truth of the Christian faith, and it’s what binds us all together.
So when our main message to the world centers around our disagreements rather than the one agreement that matters most, we grossly misrepresent how the body of Christ is supposed to exist. This can be extremely counter-productive to our shared mission of making God’s name great. I have never heard a testimony that said, “I was never really interested in Jesus, but when I heard his followers arguing over whether tattoos were sinful or not, it really made me want to learn more about him,” and I don’t think I ever will because dis-unity scares us away. Unity attracts us because it’s what we were created for. It is in unity with other human spirit’s and with the Spirit of God that our spirit finds it’s home.
If we spend so much time fighting each other, we will eventually forget about the real battles that matter, the battles we are called to fight each day, the battles against sickness, and poverty, and spiritual brokenness. The church should be known as one unit that moves in one united flock to serve the purposes of God in this world.
So why do I love Mighty Ducks? Because…
“Ducks fly together!”
Let’s be a church full of ducks.