THE FAMILY OF JESUS CHRIST
Joh 17:21 “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (KJV)
There must surely be some great advantages to be brought up in a small family with only one or two children. Just think about it: The family resources-cake can be divided in fewer slices and every portion can be a sizable one.
Not too many kids trying to get the attention of the parents at once. Every child can easily have an own room perhaps with an own TV, get new clothes regularly, cell phones, computer, internet and etcetera. The perks can be many, especially if the family income is good.
On the other hand, the big family can be a challenge to any mom and dad, especially if the resources-cake is not a sizable one.
I grew up in a family where twelve children had to be raised on whatever income there was in a time of scarcity. Mom and dad sure had their hands full when everybody needed attention. We did not have much but the big family gave us plenty.
We learnt to be satisfied if we could not get what we dearly wanted. We learned to share. The boys shared one bedroom and the girls one and we never complained about it.
We looked after our clothes because we knew that when we grew out of them, the younger ones had no other option but to grow into them. The food on the plate had to be enough. Period.
Fortunately, there were not cell phones computers, internet and those things around. We fed our imagination by playing with anything that we could find like peculiar stones, animal bones and etcetera.
If one looks at Christianity today, one sees that Christians easily forget that they are one Family with one Head, namely Jesus Christ.
The different denominations sometimes have very little love lost between them. What makes this scenario even worse is the fact that this shattered-mirror image Christianity projects into the world acts like a wall, separating the prayer of Jesus in John 17 with the Father to whom the prayer is addressed.
Spiritual atheists mock God and the Bible and Jesus, because they don’t believe, and they don’t believe because, in Jesus’ words, His flock “are not one”.
A Christianity in disagreement is its own biggest enemy. Christianity sows, but the real opponent like atheism reaps the harvest.
Another negative spin off of a divided Christianity is lukewarm Christians, lackluster believers that become liabilities to the Family, instead of being spiritual and physical contributors. Christianity is fast losing its influence in the world…
Only Christians are to blame and only Christians can rectify a dreadful situation. Don’t wait for something big to happen.
The sea is made up of small drops of water.
Don’t think your contribution is too small and insignificant. Reach out to Christians in other denominations. Don’t let the different names frighten you off. Don’t let a different interpretation of the Truth frighten you off.
Don't even let those you regard as Judases in your congregation or other (in your eyes) skunk denominations put you off.
Christian denominations are all siblings, despite the diverse opinions. In households the siblings do have different names and different opinions and when they start their own families they will have different houses, but they stay siblings.
If there could be a contributing factor that will delay the Return of Jesus Christ to the world, look no further than the disunity within the Family of Christianity.