Arial – While reading my books, I realized that it was nothing short of amazing that the first scism of the church didn’t happen earlier. The early church did have its share of troubles, but there were always the disiples to turn to who could settle anything from the color of the carpet (that’s easy as none existed) to the proper style of worship (that’s one is a toughie, but I’m sure they would have come up with a solution that was agreeable to everybody.)
Okay maybe we don’t live in area rampant with sexual sins or where the wealthy won’t worship with the poor or where churches have to look big and fancy or else worship just won’t count. Still, the church is a collection of recovering sinners, some struggle with sexual sins, others fight their love of money, and many fight against their own persistant pride.
Still, in many churches people don’t have such extreme witnesses. Quite a few would say, ‘I came to Christ when I was young.’ Perhaps that explains a bit of the dynamic, going to the same church but not being in the same circle. Sort of like a high school cafeteria all over again. The building that should practice acceptance doesn’t excel at it at all. No, there are always the annoying Christians, the tattooed Christians, the faces that you don’t know in a sea of people. Christ died for them as well, whether we like it or not.
Let’s break this circle mentality, when it comes down to it, we are all birds of a feather here to deal with the sin that plagues us all. Clothes, hair color, piercings, tattoos, make-up … all of these concerns aren’t really that important in an eternal perspective. Plus, if you were ever part of their circle, you’d be just as much of an outcast and the Church is the sort of place were even outcasts can belong. The thing is, we are all apart of God’s circle, so I don’t see why we can’t be apart of each other’s circles.