Divisions In The Church Of Jesus Christ
United we stand. Divided we fail to do the good we must.
What responsibilities do I have to another Christian?
Are they different than my responsibilities to any other human being?
Is it important to know what branch of Christianity a person in need follows?
Is it any less my responsibility, if the person in need is Muslim, Hindu, etc.?
Does "to each his own" apply in the eternal scheme of things?
What if the other human being is an "illegal alien" or lives in another country?
Does it matter whether the person in need of my help is rich or poor?
Does it matter if the person in need is a man, a woman, a youth, or a child?
The answers are my need, for I want to practice my faith in good faith.
I cannot meet everyone's need for help.
I can do more than I am doing to meet other's needs.
Please, God, lead me to those who need my personal help this day.
Where do we each look for answers to questions such as these? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
A partial answer is this discussion of the need for an ecumenical approach from the various groups of Christians who may have differences in doctrines but could, perhaps should, have a unity of purpose due to their belief in the gospel of Christ. http://perspycacious.hubpages.com/hub/Strengthening-Each-Other-A-Thought-On-Todays-Christianity
A further answer was meant to come from the ecumenical approach of having an international group established as The United Nations. It also lacks the unity of purpose, and is further hindered by doctrinal differences evident when serious issues come before its powerful Security Council.
What is it that so divides us from working together to do what we "just know" needs to be done, when other human beings have special needs that by just working selflessly together we could resolve?
Perhaps the kidnapping of 276 innocent schoolgirls in NIgeria can serve to teach us what the suffering and slaughter of innocent millions in Syria has failed to teach us: each human shares our human needs, hopes, and dreams; and, if their needs, hopes, and dreams can be ignored, our own can be too.
Universal peace is one of those dreams, a distant hope, when even our basic needs for survival as individuals and families are not secure.
We permit ourselves to be labeled and divided in this supposedly modern day with its own modern caste system.
A universal declaration of human rights, whether by the United Nations, or adopted in practice by individual nations, means nothing while wars, starvation, and genocide, challenge such a few to regard all individuals as children of a living God and Father of us all.
I can only do what I am able to do, no more but also no less. The "no more" part has practical limitations, if I accept that what I am able to do (even in the future) limits me. The "no less" part has no limitations until someone convinces me that I am not the child of a living God who loves us all.
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