I don’t believe it’s wrong that the Christian church is split into so many denominations.
Think about it. Do you go to a church because you agree with its teachings? Or do you go because it’s where you were saved, or where you feel loved? I’m willing to bet it’s salvation and love, not doctrine, that draws you to a church.
The size of the church shouldn’t be an issue either. I know I’ve put a few criticisms of megachurches out there, but not because they’re megachurches. That doesn’t matter. It’s the ministry that matters.
Why? Because love is what it’s all about. Love saves people. Loving them.
I have been to megachurches with campuses so large that they’ve built gyms for their members. But they also have huge hearts for the least among us, and they have built huge humanitarian programs to show their love.
Pastor Matthew Barnett runs the Los Angeles Dream Center. Talk about mega! It has five hundred thousand square feet, right by Dodger Stadium. You should check out their website and read about their extensive community outreach programs in the areas of homelessness, human trafficking, hunger, poverty, and recovery.
These Christians feed the homeless and take care of the poor. They’ll even paint people’s houses for free! They just want to serve people. They distribute food and female products in communities that don’t have the money they need to make ends meet. They pour a lot of money and effort into the injustices they encounter, in the country and in the world.
Pastor Matthew’s father, Pastor Tommy Barnett, runs the Phoenix Dream Center out of the Phoenix First Assembly of God, same deal. This is why I know that denominations don’t matter. We can have as many denominations as we have Christians, and still unify as a Church with a capital C. I’ve seen it with my own eyes, and been a part of it. Social justice efforts do not cause division or disunity. The opposite happens. Love creates community.
Think of a person who has a mental illness. The best thing you can do for their healing is just love on them. They still need other sources of help, but just to love on that person instead of shunning them is going to help them. It’s going to help them more than anything else.
What’s the response to a person that doesn’t have water? Love on them! Get them water! Show them that you love them. Help provide a resource they should have.
Sex slavery is a terrible thing. It’s evil. I was stunned when God showed me what’s going on in commercial sex trafficking. You know what sex slavery is? It’s the devil’s way of perverting love. Sexuality is showing love in a pure and beautiful way, and people have taken that and created evil with it.
God doesn’t stop at showing us the wounds of the world. He also shows us ways to help out, and the answer is obvious. How can I help a person trapped in sex slavery? By showing them that I love them. How do I do that? Rescue them!
God is showing us that He sees what’s wrong, and He’s showing us the answers. How does He show us? Through His people! Look at all the people willing to fight evil! Can you believe it? He’s raising an army that finds and fills the needs of their communities. He spoke about it in scripture, and He’s speaking to us about it now.
God opened my eyes to a whole new area of humanity, to all these people who are so unselfish. God has shown me how many of his faithful children know that love saves people.
That’s why I know that love will bring God’s Church together. If we work together to heal the wounds of the world, then we’ll love ourselves into communion. Catholic, Evangelical, Methodist, Non-Denominational, all of us, all with our own particular identities, will become God’s Church. Church with a capital C.
See you Friday.