Could a Wooden Flag Unite the Church?
We are blessed, here at the Greater Glory Co., to be able to interact with organizations that have a direct impact on their employees, families, and those in desperate need of a caring relationship. That goes for each of our partnerships in commerce, in compassion, and the growing family of contributors and customers. But there is more…
When we stop and consider those direct impact benefits, it is not a stretch to aspire to something greater. Something that only God could do – like unify the Christian church, the thousands of denominations into one. Now that is certainly well beyond our ability, but not for God.
When it comes to denominations, theology, and personal preference (and pride) it is no wonder the “church” is splintered as it is. A splintered church is nowhere nearly as strong as one united – not spread across so many fault lines. Could a wooden Christian flag unite a fractured church?
Apart from a movement of Jesus Christ, the answer is NO. Speaking from my personal experience, there is plenty of room in what is agreed upon to begin to forge strong and lasting relationships, apart from hairsplitting differences.
Jesus, in response to the religious leaders, said in Matthew 12:25-28,
But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
So, how is it that the modern Christian church, splintered as it is, can expect to love our enemies when we are unable to love our neighbors, brothers, and sisters in Christ?
Time to Get Moving
The Christian flag is a symbol. We like to think of it as an outward display of the inward transformation – the new life. Part of that new life is loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. As we walk out that life we grow in relationship, not just with our neighbors but with God himself!
When we exercise faith in service we typically walk away with a testimony. Your testimony of walking in faith, trust, and obedience can influence others to the glory of God. That glory is well beyond self, it is greater, it is what pleases the Father!
Please share a testimony snapshot – it is as anonymous as you care to make it – but that does not lessen the potential influence your story can have on another. We can share outwardly with a handcrafted flag, and also share outwardly the creativity of God in our lives. Live and He will be lived through you.