And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? (1 Samuel 17:29 KJV)
There are many things that separate and divide believers from other believers. Denomination, doctrine, dogma, worship style, missions, preference, taste, etc. The list could go on and on but at the end of the day the things that we use to divide us are things we have created for ourselves.
I know many of you reading this believe that you are correct in your beliefs and practices (why else would you believe as you do?). I also know that there are other believers who will disagree with your beliefs or practice at some level. Some of these disagreements or differences are fundamental but most are peripheral or based on preference. For many churches and believers our differences have created walls of division that separate us from those who have the same cause as we do.
Most believers are separated more by musical preference in worship more than they are by biblical doctrine or denominational dogma. I am not advocating an ecumenism that ignores fundamental biblical truth for the sake of unity but disagreement over peripheral issues should not separate us. We are stronger together than we are separated. We can have more of an impact upon this world together than we can separated into smaller isolated groups. We have a great cause, the Great Commission. It has been given to each of us who call Jesus Christ, Lord. Regardless of our church affiliation (or non-affiliation) the same Lord calls us to take up His cause; to bring the gospel of the Kingdom of God to every person alive.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” (Luke 4:18-19 NLT)
Is the Cause Enough?
Is the cause enough for you to work with those who love Jesus Christ but disagree with you over certain things?
I have to answer a resounding, “Yes”. A lost and dying world is not concerned with our doctrinal discrepancies. People need the love, power, mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and they want to see it demonstrated in our lives through acts of kindness and compassion.
Tonight (10/5/2011), a man of God that has been a direct and significant influence in the lives of thousands of men and women (mine included) and through his students untold tens of thousands was injured in an accident. Upon news of his accident men and women who no longer fellowship together prayed together for this man because the cause was enough.
If love and concern for a brother in Christ is enough to lay aside past experiences, disagreements and differences to pray for the grace and power of God to be manifested surely the Great Commission holds greater weight.
Is the Cause Enough?
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:19-20 NLT)