I'm learning to try to focus on that which really does matter in life. Oh, there's the things which I always thought were important but that doesn't necessarily mean they really are. To tell you the truth, I don't have a whole lot of choice in the matter. Cancer did that to me. Well, I guess it would be more accurate to say God brought this to my attention. Cancer just happened to show up during the time God had really been dealing with me in this area of my life.
I've debated about whether or not I should write a blog about this topic but finally I decided I should. I hope people will take the time to actually stop and consider my words before dismissing them.
There is a world filled with broken, hurting and wounded people who need to hear the Good News of God's love and grace. They need to know that God loves them simply because of who, not what, they are. He sees past all of the junk in their lives and wants to do life with them; not just now but for ever. Regardless of what you believe, you have to concede there are people who are suffering and need to understand they have a Savior.
Within the Body of Christ there are broken, hurting and wounded people. There may be those who scoff at that and say "They must not really be saved." I'm not going to get into that discussion. Suffice it to say our churches are filled with such individuals. There are people at ChristianBlog.com who are broken, hurting and wounded. Some of them found their way here because of it and they are looking for love, encouragement, support and strength from the Followers of Christ. So, what do these people often see us doing? Fighting amongst ourselves over things which are not half as important as we think they are.
I am not trying to say there is anything wrong with discussions. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with sharing what God has shown you. What I am saying is we need to examine the spirit we do it in as well as the spirit in which we respond.
To tell you the truth, when I was going through chemo, I didn't need a theological debate. I do not need a theological debate as I face each day wondering if I'm going to find a new lump. I need a Savior. I need to see what God is doing in the lives of others. I need to know that God is bigger. I need to know that I am not in this alone. I need to know that I have brothers and sisters who are ready to hold up my arms when I can't do it anymore. I need to know that when I cry out in the darkness God not only hears it, he allows others to hear it at well.
God created us to be social beings. He knew the dark days we would face. He knew that we needed each other and he provided for that need through marriage, family, friendships and community.
Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was. His response is found in Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
I truly believe that this is at the core of what really matters. If we get this right I truly believe a lot of other things will either fall into place or we will discover they're not nearly as important as we thought they were.
I'm working at trying to get this part right!
Thank you for taking the time to write this much needed post. There is a fine line between debating for the sake of debating vs. seeking common ground and striving to keep it. Strong people usually end up fighting with each other due to their strengths. Great people lay down their desire to be strongest and help another become better.
My prayer for all of us is that we spend more time edifying and less time arguing. Like a family which argues all the time, however healthy it might be for a season, it gets old after awhile and puts everyone on edge. I perceive we all need a season of reconciliation and restoration in our relationships with each other for the sake of the unity of faith in the bond of peace.
Blessings 2 You