Creakingbones posted a photo of a blue-tongued lizard the other day. It’s pretty cool. You can see it here if you want. He lives in Australia where they have really colorful frogs, blue-ringed octopi and a host of other creatures that we, to my knowledge, don’t have here in the States.
We are one earth with one atmosphere. We all share the same sun and rain and yet there is such a huge variety of plant and animal species around the globe.
And it struck me that God LIKES variety.
Yet some Christians try really hard to force everything and everyone into conformity.
When some of the Baptists I know imply that a large local church is not a REAL church because they don’t emphasize doctrine, I think they are wrong. Especially when they judge that church without ever having attended, without ever having examined its fruit.
I judge a church by the fruit it produces, not by how iron-clad its doctrine.
God is amazingly, unfathomably multifaceted. Which is why, I am guessing, He likes variety. No one denomination can possibly capture all of His nuance and genius. But, taken together, as a whole, we might approach a fuller picture of Him.
So Christian friends, I wish you would stop dismissing Catholics and Pentecostals and any other Christians from denominations that are not your own as “not really” Christians.
Even more so, I wish pastors would stop such remarks from the pulpit. It really turns me off.
Jesus said, don’t worry about worshipping on this mountain or that mountain, a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.