In the gospel Jesus said, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Never in my Christian walk have I witnessed such division in the body of Christ. The mere mention of a political party or a particular candidate can quickly divide a congregation that appears to be walking in unity and love into factions that quickly become non-Christ like and argumentative.
We are witnessing the vacuum that is being created by the exit of the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit from our lives. It has been said that if the Holy Ghost were to leave many churches no one would know the difference.
The organized church is torn with strife and distrust. Ultimately, the battle is not so much between conservatives and liberals, evangelicals and activists, or fundamentalists and modernists. The issue now is between belief and unbelief: Is Christianity true or false, real or unreal?
What is deadly to the church is when the external forms of religion are maintained while their substance is discarded. This we call practical atheism. Practical atheism appears when we live as if there were no God. The externals continue, but man becomes the central thrust of devotion as the attention of religious concern shifts away from man’s devotion to God to man’s devotion to man, bypassing God. The “ethic” of Christ continues in a superficial way, having been ripped from its supernatural, transcendent, and divine foundation.
Biblical Christianity knows nothing of a false dichotomy between devotion to God and concern for man. The Great Commandment incorporates both. It is because of the reality of Christ that ethics are vital. It is because the cross was a real event that the sacraments can minister to us. It is because Christ defeated death that the church offers hope. It is because of Jesus’ real act of atonement that our forgiveness is more than just a feeling.
The church’s life and her creed may be distinguished but never separated. It is possible for the church to believe all the right things and do the wrong things. It is possible also to believe the wrong things and do the right things (but not for very long). We need right faith initiating right action. Honest faith—joined with honest action—bears witness to a real God and a real Christ.
It’s past time now for the true Christ follower to stand up and realize that the church is not a building or somewhere we go, but the church is who we are.
As we prepare for the upcoming election in November now is time for the church to pray not only for unity within but for unity in our nation.
This is the Voice of Overseer!