In a recent Christianity Today Headlines section these were among the news items:
- The Evangelical Theological Society president quits while members discuss “tradition” in Protestant theology
- The biggest Christian conference in the United Kingdom splits while below the surface simmers a theological controversy that threatens to split the country’s evangelicals
- The Church of the Nazarene is an idenity and theological crisis that threatens to divide that body as they approach their 100th anniversary
Later in that same issue, Christine A. Scheller, writes about Sorrow But No Regrets as she chronicles decades of heartbreak, scandal, sexual infidility, backbiting, and utter disappointment in her associations with various churches, church leaders and para-church ministries. She begins the ariticle by writing, “I’m not sure what to think about church anymore.”
In the most recent CT, one of the staff writers, David Aikman, opines about Attack Dogs of Christendom. Here are some of his words:
- “What disturbs me is the extent to which some Christians have turned themselves into the self-appointed attack dogs of Christendom. They seem determined to savage not only opponents of Christianity, but also fellow believers of whose doctrinal positions they disapprove.”
- “The attacks, moreover, are not reasoned or modestly couched criticism, but blasts of ire determined to discredit beyond redemption the targets of the criticism.”
- “No attribute of civilized life seems more under attack then civility. If Christians blast each other from here to eternity with characterizations that differ little from the coarse vulgarity of cable TV, where on earth is the witness that brings grace and savor to our crumbling civilization?”
The disgrace of division goes far beyond my fellowship of the Churches of Christ. It seems the demonic forces are gaining in their attempt to discredit Christ by having us discredit each other.
Every time one Christian fires off a nasty verbal or written volley at another Christian our witness fades a little more.
Every time one angry group at church conspires to seperate from another angry group at church our ability to impact darkness diminishes even more.
There is no glory in knowing that it ain’t just us- just more shame.
The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. – Galatians 5:14-15