1% greater than 99%?

12 Aug

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Why is it so easy to divide rather than multiply?

The church, Christians seem to judge so quickly instead of LOVE like we are commanded. The littlest things seem to divide us. Our focus is in the wrong place.

If we truly look at what we believe, on 99% of our beliefs we would agree. Yet we let the 1% divide.  We argue between denominations and each other about the 1%.  I have had someone from denomination x tell me I was going to hell because I was not “in” denomination x.

Really? I thought we had the same God and Lord and Savior.

Each denomination and person is part of the whole body of Christ; each has their own gifts and talents. And each has their own role to play for the Kingdom. Let us come together under the cause of Christ in love and be salt and light in this world.

Focus on the ONE who gives life, not the 1% that divides.

This is what we believe.

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried;

he descended into hell;

on the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;

from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and life everlasting. Amen.

-Ted Goodwin
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Ted Goodwin is the author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache.  He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living an active, rewarding, and joyful life. He married the love of his life, Lynette, in 2001. Their son Kody is attending college. He is a very active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Celina, doing everything from washing dishes to directing Men’s Ministries. He is also the Director of Mercer Dads a county wide initiative to promote responsible involved fatherhood. You can find more great content from Ted on his blog.

3 Responses to “1% greater than 99%?”

  1. Eärdil August 12, 2013 at 11:12 #

    I’ve been reading your blog just for a couple weeks, and I think it’s awesome!

    I love this post, it speaks my own heart about denominations. I’m a christian in Mexico, where the catholic church is dominant, and although being catholic here is more a custom than a real belief for most people, I respect those that is really passionate about the faith within it (and I have good friends that are). And the creed is awesome.

    I think the problem is fear, the leadership (pastors, priests, etc) feels (is) responsible for their followers and they’re afraid to lose them to a [bad] doctrine, so they use fear too to get them to stay away from anything other than the one they impart. We need to stop fear and use love and faith instead. Faith in what you believe and love in how you profess it, after all, the way to preach, according to Jesus’ prayer for us is unity

    “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

    No wish to invade your blog, but I did =P so I’ll stop now. Keep it up.

    • More Than A Beard August 12, 2013 at 11:58 #

      Thanks for reading the blog and dropping us some feedback!

      I think another piece of the puzzle is that the body of Christ can sometimes be a little selfish (perish the thought!). Yes, we want to advance the gospel, but we can get so wrapped up in numbers, budgets, and branding, that we start to loose sight of our primary goal.

      Instead of working together and accomplishing much greater objectives by pooling our resources, each individual church wants to do their own thing and develop their own special club.

      Rather than “my” church and “their” church, we need to start remembering that we are on the same team.

      • Eärdil August 12, 2013 at 12:03 #

        You are very welcome.

        That reminded me of Paul’s words:

        “For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?”

        I think the whole 3rd chapter of 1 Corinthians is relevant (and clear!) to this issue.

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