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Having Christ’s mind?
People can argue about so many things. The condition of ingested prophets,[please see last post] that old question of philosophers ” How many pins can you stick in the head of an angel”, the color to paint the lobby, Scripture vs. Tradition, all these have caused rifts from church splits to shooting wars. How in the world can any group of people be centered on a common mission? How can peace reign with free thinkers?
From Philippians 2 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
The Savior could humble Himself to the point of death, most of us won’t give an inch on a committee if we think were are right. We would rather be right than relational. Our grasp on our rightness far exceeds or grasp on righteousness.
Philipians 1 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Will we suffer to put up with others even if we disagree? Well if Christ could let go of being equal with God, i guess i can let go of some of my precious ideas.
If the salvation message of the Good News, “Repent and Believe!” is foremost in our lives we need to put all other thoughts in second place. So i repent in sack-cloth and ashes. There will be no “1st Baptist Church of Jonah Died in the Fish, Church of the Resurrected Slimy Prophet” . I can’t break fellowship with Justin and Joe over this issue. Justin I am sorry I called you a candi-corn eating heretic. [ I didn’t type it, just said it, sorry], Joe I will stop digging for dirt to besmirch you, If you are convinced Jonah lived in the whale, well my love for you in Christ Jesus means more to me than my opinion on a small issue. I wish to be forgiven and continue our fellowship. I would rather be humbled than alone.
But, just asking, would it be all right if we examined and spoke of my belief when this issue came up, and could we have discussion without division?
By the way, this was one of my opinions that was brought up to me as a reason I should leave a particular church where I was active in a few ministries.
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