So the other day I read an article about how an actor who is playing Satan in a Bible miniseries, has a striking resemblance to President Barak Obama, and how this must be no accident. Apparently there are some folks who have been all up in arms about this. After I checked to see if this article was published by The Onion (it wasn’t), I was beside myself with both laughter and a little aggravation. My thoughts then arrived at the idea that our society has become far too petty about matters of politics. Then I got to thinking, are we as Christians following suit?
Think back to the last time someone told you about what their church was doing that differed from yours. Think back to the last time you saw an album cover of a Christian rock band, and then rolled your eyes when the music played. Also think about the last time you got into a conversation with a friend or relative about the Bible, and of course you disagreed.
My point here is – what does any of this have to do with Jesus?
I brought up those examples because they are examples from my life, so maybe you can relate. I just keep thinking about how many times we let all of the little things get in the way of what is truly important in our lives. I wonder what would have happened if Jesus had treated folks that way….
We have to stop letting Satan (the real one, not the actor) divide and conquer Christians – something he is really good at. Now not that there is anything wrong with this inherently, but I can drive down a street near my house and pass 7 different Christian churches who (I would assume) have no affiliation to one another. Are we all really that petty? Do we all really think that our brand of Christianity is the best? While I understand many of these differences arise with theological doctrine and such – I’m just saying.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.