So many clubs exist which have very specific criteria for membership…the Italian Club…civic clubs like Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis…Masons…Country Clubs…Labor Unions…Political Parties. Different companies are selective as are the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Colleges, med schools, the military…even families have criteria and selection processes for membership.
In today’s world, harmony and tolerance have become goals within themselves. Peace at any cost…All ways lead to God… Live and let live. Such “tolerant” attitudes actually lead to intolerance of anyone who claims to have the answer.
Religions or moral “clubs”, or groups with a certain belief, seem to be treated differently. Having criteria, or a selection process seem to not be tolerated.
Jesus made it clear that He is the only way to God, the only way to real peace. In Isaiah 9:6 he is called the Prince of Peace. God calls us to love all people, but agreeing that other faiths can lead to God for us to seek unity and peace by is to deny our own faith…the teachings of God, Jesus, and the Holy Bible…and in doing so, we deny Jesus.
As Christians, we are not expressing Christ-like love when we are willing to accept the beliefs of those who deny Christ or live sinful lifestyles as OK…all for the sake of unity and peace. The Bible is clear about God, Jesus, and moral issues.
For such a double standard for “clubs” to exist, to me , this really shows the existence, power, and agenda of Satan, who wants people to believe being nice is all you need to be Holy…and engage with God by avoiding Christ.
Today, begin expressing Jesus’ love by loving people where they are, by building relationships with them and…as the Holy Spirit leads; by sharing the truths of the Gospel with them. Jesus is the only answer. Don’t let anybody guilt you into thinking Christianity is the only club with selection criteria. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your perspective on expressing Christ-like love and recruiting new “club” members.
My Father and my Lord, Help me to never deny my faith by accepting, for the sake of unity and peace, unscriptural beliefs by others. Help me love others, no matter what their faith. Help me love them enough to build relationships with them and, as the Holy Spirit leads, to share the truth of the Gospel with them…and to do so with love. Help me communicate in a way that all understand that Jesus is the only way. I pray this and all prayers through the One you sent to show us the way, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”