Saturday, April 2, 2011

Catholic? Protestant? We Are One Body Called to Live in Peace Together

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
~ Colossians 3:15, NLT

Every Christian denomination today has its roots planted in the Catholic Church. In a brief history lesson, Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. Luther “protested” against some of the corruption going on in the Catholic Church at the time. This caused unrest in the Christian faith which eventually fractured off into many different denominations. There’s no telling how many different Christian church affiliations there are in 2011.

This makes me sad on so many levels. Because of the blatant corruption of the Catholic Church at the time, the body of Christ was divided into many different pieces. Instead of winning souls for Christ, these people were busy fighting each other. The Devil: 1, the Body of Christ: 0.

Yet, I think there is hope for the Body of Christ today. As time has moved on more Christians are looking past the denominations and realizing we are indeed ONE BODY. This is evident in our everyday lives. Catholics and non-Catholics are abstaining this Lent season for the glory of God. I have friends who are not Catholics, but are actively participating in Lent. That is so encouraging for our faith.

I also see the Catholic Church beginning to learn from the sins of the past. There is more stability and growth in the Catholic Church. More lives are coming to know Christ through the Church. Leaders in the Church are now focusing their full efforts on removing bad leaders from the pulpit and filling them with men of God. It seems this generation of Catholics is ready to fight for Christ and not for self. My brothers and sisters who are Protestants are also winning souls for Christ. Mission trips, shut-in visitations and love offering events are helping to show the lost the love of Christ.

Bottom line is this, God is in control. If we all believe that our “differences” are bigger than God than none of us know God and we should be ashamed of ourselves. What is most important? Going out into the world and sharing the Good News of salvation through the blood of Christ.

Yes, it probably saddens God that our Catholic Church was divided into many different denominations over the last 400 years ago. But I serve a God who is the creator of the heavens and earth. My God is bigger than any denomination squabble. My God calls all those who love him to live in peace. Let’s accept that we are all in this together and fighting for the same end goal: sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and saving lives.   

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