Mark 3:25 NKJV: “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Good words, but we seem to never listen to them. By “we,” I mean the Christian community as a whole. All Christians. Evangelicals, Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, well you get the idea.
Paul was on to something 2000 years ago. He knew the human condition, Jesus knew the human condition. That is why He said what He said in Mark 3:25. Paul took great pains to try and keep believers on the straight and narrow and to avoid infighting. This infighting, by the way, continues right on up through today.
1 Corinthians 1:12-13: “Now I say this, that each of you says, ‘I am of Paul,’ or ‘I am of Apollos,’ or ‘I am of Cephas,’ or ‘I am of Christ.’ Is Christ divided?”
1 Corinthians 3:3: “[F]or you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?”
Philippians 2:1-2: “…‘[F]ulfill my joy being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.’”
Back on 4/1/2014, I wrote a blog post called “Divide and Conquer,” drawing attention to the separation, division and sometimes downright dislike among different Christian doctrines. The reason I bring it up again is because of a recent New York Times op-ed I read recently. It seems Donald Lauder, the President of the World Jewish Congress, asked a question. He simply asked:
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He called it “obscene” that entire communities of Christians, some dating back a thousand years, are systematically being wiped out by Islamic extremists.
It Certainly Begs The Question: What Does Religious Persecution Cost?
I think I know why, and it relates to what I just talked about. It’s because those Christians over there are certainly not like us Christians over here. After all, if we cannot agree amongst ourselves over here, why in the world would we be outraged or supportive of those people over there?
I myself think this is deplorable, sinful and downright hateful, but I still believe it. There are Evangelicals who think all Catholics are going to hell, and there are Catholics who think Evangelicals are a bunch of Bible-thumping yahoos who have no perspective on reality. Sounds really stupid and absurd, but it’s true; sorry. There is even division within the born-again community. You know it. Just go to any number of Christian websites and read the comments and commentary that are there. Argumentative, hurtful, angry Christian comments from sworn believers, our own brethren. So, what in the world makes you think that we over here the US are going to support “those people” over there when it comes to anything, never mind religious persecution?
So, until we can get our own acts together, sit back, relax, turn on CNN and watch, from the comfort of our living rooms, the elimination of thousands of Christians—yes Christians. After all, it doesn’t affect you, right?