If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1John4:20
(Eye for Ebony)
CHURCH. I was sitting in one this past Sunday morning. I visit pretty regularly, my daughter enjoys the Sunday School class. The greeters were nice, everyone said & did the right things to make visitors feel welcome. But this day, I felt like an outsider. I thought, it would be nice to be in a place where I knew people and had a relationship with them. Maybe I should be in a place with my own tribe. A small voice immediately spoke to my heart and said, “there is a problem with this mentality”.
Worship can bring us together
The worship leader began to sing, ‘holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty, who was an is and is to come, with all creation I sing, praise to the king of kings, you are my everything 🎶 and I will adore you”, I sensed the love of Christ. Tears swelled in my eyes. This experience to me is ‘thy kingdom come’. It is eternal yet it can be taken outside of these four walls and shared with anyone. Christ’s love is overwhelming.
Every church is a part of the whole
The Church Catholic or Universal may be made up of many tribes, but there is just one body of Christ. There is one Christ who should not be divided by race, economics, or denomination. The church is not an organization, structure or a building that opens and closes. The church is a many membered body. The kingdom where Christ resides is found within people. 1Corinthians 12:12.
I understood as I walked out of church that the real place a person should feel at ease is in my home, in my office, and in my presence. The purpose of Christ is clear; he wants to live in my heart. He wants me to reflect his love. There is one real tribe, humanity.