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In our town, the pastors have a regular breakfast together. The pastor of the church I now belong to attends these breakfasts. Some pastors do not. See, not all churches share a common theology. There's all sorts of confusion about what Mary, the mother of Jesus knows and doesn't know about the prayers of present day human beings. There's confusion about the meaning of baptism and when it should occur. There's disagreement about the sacrament of communion, marriage after divorce, drinking alcoholic beverages even in moderation, women wearing pants, and on and on it goes.
So, some of the body of Christ chooses to not be "unequally yoked" with the other parts of the body. We've got headless torsos rolling around by the park, a spare leg by the court house, a finger behind the mall... and the Head. The HEAD of our body has to wonder how the New Testament Church can be so stupidly attached to the identity of Pharisees. Those who have the law, but not the love.
What is wrong with us? We're told to not hide our light under a bushel, but we're selective on who we allow to see the light? As if it belongs to us? It isn't OUR light... It's THE Light. So, Jesus ate with all sorts of people, while some of us feel we'll be soiled by eating with sinners within our own faith, or sinners of a certain flavor outside the faith. Is our faith so weak that it's endangered by the close proximity of sinners? If so, we'd best hide the light, guard the light, and shoot anyone who gets close to the light.
And when was it that WE stopped BEING sinners? Oh, that's right... we haven't. Gosh, this circle is getting awfully small - we can't even have "alone time."
What good can we do if we spend all our time with the membership of the Christian Country Club we call "Our" church?
We're ready to vote for a president in a few weeks. It's interesting that while I was one of the Pharisees, I had no problem with my political affiliation. I was perfectly comfortable with that alliance.
Who ARE we? What battles are we picking to fight? Are they battles we've been called to fight?