Brothers and Sisters, we find ourselves in this day walking a dangerous line. We have become like Israel in allowing the surrounding culture to influence our walk and way of thinking. Like the Israelites we have once again put idols before our One and only Hope in this fallen world. We have allowed the deceiver to influence the way we view the Body and in making distinctions that are irrelevant to God. In an era where the popularity of secular humanism and false gospel church is on the rise we cannot afford to divide ourselves (Orthodox Christians) in order to achieve some sort of worldly temporal man-centered justice.It might be said of me that I have no right to speak of this matter unless I am in agreement with the narrative that is currently being pushed. If you’ll give me just a moment, I’d like to remind each of us that those who trust in God’s will knows that suffering in this life is not without purpose. Pain and suffering makes no distinctions, it happens to all people and in varying degrees. The natural and self-righteous man will take advantage in order to benefit themselves in this life, and those individuals or groups who force the production of the individual to benefit others will have earned their reward. I do not intend to make excuses for those who look like me that have enslaved, exploited, and/or murdered for their own prosperity. Nor do I try to make excuses for my unknowingly taking advantage of actual or perceived systems that were propped up by such individuals. If I’m ignorant of something, I would hope it could be addressed appropriately. However, I will not repent or apologize for unspecific sins I didn’t personally commit against a brother or sister in Christ. Nor will I arbitrarily fund certain groups in order to ‘earn’ a spot in the unity we already have in Christ. I find these demands to be unbearable, unthinkable and more importantly unbiblical.Brothers and Sisters, we must be mindful of the personal sins that creep into our hearts. As individual members of the Body, we are all at different stages in our walk and we all have endured unique experiences. We must not allow our personal experiences or the experiences of others to be the lens in which we view and interact with fellow believers. As Christians we know that we deserve nothing and yet we have been shown endless grace and absolute forgiveness. As each individual has a unique function within the Body, all have a specific role to play in God’s grand design. Yet, collectively we must lift each other up and unify under the banner of our Lord Jesus Christ as one Body. When we sin against each other or have been sinned against by another, we must do as we are commanded; forgive, repent, and move on. Brethren, I beg on all of us to love on each other without hesitation and make no distinction regarding who is your neighbor.In closing I just want to say that my heart grieves for those who suffer, because I too have suffered. Though I am not without fault I make no distinctions of those who are truly in Christ, those of us being the adopted sons and daughters of God. I also grieve over the division that is being sewn in the Body. Certainly there are ways in which we, the Body, can improve so that many might feel welcome and more unified. I will gladly give all that I am able (my life, spiritual gifts, monetary support, etc.) to the Body in order that such improvements could happen. Lets change the discussion, and put aside the things that would divide us. If we cannot agree, we go our separate ways. Glory be to God, alone.

4 thoughts on “A letter to the Body

  1. Greetings! I’ve been wanting to interact with your blog, but I find it a little difficult to know where to start. It’s not as if you’re really asking for discussion or feedback, though you allude to it in this post in a personal way.

    Though you don’t reference it directly, I read inferences to perhaps the MLK50 conference which was just held by TGC or other ongoing conversations about ‘white guilt’ and ‘white privilege’. I find them difficult topics to get too excited about because I don’t exchange ideas in the public square, and generally find that the working and paying and living and dying in my little community keep me plenty busy.

    Your statement; “Brethren, I beg on all of us to love on each other without hesitation and make no distinction regarding who is your neighbor.” is something that I can say at least my church (Lighthouse Church, Twin Falls, ID) is teaching, and that I personally get to put into practice (and receive) by attending Celebrate Recovery and secular recovery meetings. It goes without saying that I don’t live it out perfectly…but I do think it is where I should always keep my focus because of the great love Christ has given me.

    So, to bring the topic a little closer to home for me…my place of work employees multi-culturally, based on the diversity of the region, as well as utilizing newcomers from the Twin Falls refugee center. Language and culture are enormous barriers, but I can’t use them as excuses. They are however, things that divide me from my neighbors. What do you suggest? What methods of welcoming and unification have you seen be effective?

    Go Under the Mercy! ~ John

    1. First off, thank you for your comment. It’s not often I get interaction with my posts. Second, this page is not meant to be my personal blog, hopefully it’s not coming across as such. It is meant for group discussion, as well as feedback amongst Reformed Christians. I’m grateful that your church is setting a good example of how we ought to interact as Christians, despite hatred among those of the past and present who represent us because we share a similar hue of skin color. I think individually some are acting appropriately, and that is encouraging.

      I don’t claim to have many answers to the situation we face as a whole. I am just appalled by the current attitude, and the direction we’re headed. The goal of those pulling the strings wants to see division, and their efforts are bearing fruit. When we, as Christians, stand as the growing minority in this toxic culture we cannot afford to be divided. In the West, and especially in America, we have no idea what religious persecution looks like. If we are to survive the ever growing effort to stamp out Christianity we must remain united in our bond with Christ.

      Being sympathetic to ones suffering, whether racial oppression, misogyny, etc., is not unique to the social justice warrior types. However, the problem with these movements is that there has to be two sides, the oppressed and the oppressor, the rich and the poor, etc. We must remember that there is no distinction for those who are in Christ, all are unique members bringing their distinctness to add to the overall beauty of the Body. We must remember also that each of us suffer in our own ways, and no particular group is unique in that. We should be supporting each other, rather than pointing fingers. But my words fall on deaf ears, as many others efforts have as well.

  2. Hi Douglas! Thanks for the reply. No, I don’t see this as your personal blog…it was your openness to feedback (“If I’m ignorant to something, I hope it could be addressed…”) that garnered my ‘personal’ comment.

    Let me tell you the few websites I read, as a primer to the discussion about division.

    I like Doug Wilson and Tim Bayly, I visit the Aquila Report weekly…and to listen to people I don’t always agree with I read the Wartburg Watch and Vox Popoli. I somehow found your TRP and have enjoyed your inaugural offerings.

    That said, all of them touch on division within the body of Christ in some way, as well as the division between the body and unbelievers. If the body is a growing minority, I hope it brings with it unity. Unfortunately, and maybe this is part of your point, if Christians respond in an ‘us against them’ mentality, then neither the Great Commandment or Great Commission will be fulfilled.

    Since much of my early Christian reading was C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and Chuck Colson…I once thought ecumenicism was how unity would be preserved. But as I’ve moved to Augustine, Luther, Schaeffer, and more recently Michael Kruger…I think the truth will always be divisive, making the combination of truth and love so important.

    There’s a lot of energy around the term ‘Social Justice Warrior’ lately…but were Spurgeon’s ophanages social justice? The modern hospital owe’s itself to the church. And today, Christian recovery centers, prison outreaches, and pregnancy resource centers are fighting societies issues. I know I have a blind spot because I could care less about what happened to two guys at Starbucks, or quite frankly to anyone that disrespects authority when confronted by the police (My military background is showing). Yet, when authority is abused, it sets back the respect of any organization…the church in perhaps the most significant way!

    So, with all of that said…the last paragraph of your reply sounds right in theory, but I struggle to figure it out in practice. There are unique members of the body that I know, who emphasize the gift of tongues. I’m not sure how to support them, and disagreements are unproductive. I live among a large population of LDS people who ever-increasingly refer to themselves as Christian. I can’t accept that, however I still need to balance the fact that my children have schoolmates, teammates, even friends that are LDS. The growing Spanish-only speaking community of Catholics in my area may have no distinction in Christ, but are distinct in many other observable ways.

    I’ve rambled on too long…but after re-reading what I wrote, perhaps I should just unplug from the internet and focus on what’s in walking distance. Thanks for interacting with me…I guess since neither your initial post, nor my replies have solved world hunger, I will rely on Romans 8:22-28. God knows…and I pray that His will be done in our lives and in your writing.

    Go Under the Mercy! ~John

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