Church is too often like a car salesperson who lectures people about his vehicles, but doesn’t let anybody drive them. Many Christians have never been trained how to interact with the living Jesus thru out the week and don’t know how to do it.
Because of that we often don’t manifest the fruit of the Holy Spirit. However, that is how Christ-followers are recognized — by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Hey, Christians, do the “one anothers.” Teach, admonish, confess your sins to, submit to, encourage, love, (etc.) one another. Politics and race shouldn’t stop Christians from obeying the Bible commands to love, submit to, serve, and encourage one another.
Biblical Christianity isn’t about a weekly religious lecture full of conjecture, but the living Jesus being your daily director. The Bible talks about “the hope of glory.” That’s not “hearing sermons” or “going to church” or “being good.” It’s “Christ in you.”
No one will ever disagree with you who God doesn’t love. “God so loved the world . . .” If we let that thought give us more understanding and goodwill, we could work together to solve problems, instead of blaming and shaming each other. Even people you disagree with, often have good intentions.
When we replace anger and divisiveness with goodwill, we improve the quality of life for us and for others. If you make someone smile from their heart, it will boomerang and make your heart smile as well. Do the Word, church, and don’t just hear it no more, no more (inspired by the song, Hit the Road Jack).
For more on making Christianity real, search for: The Joy Of Early Christianity book.