Over the years we have seen a number of cultural/political/religious issues attached to the Gospel message to help us identify someone as in or out of the christian club. These issues pit person against person, church against church. Bothers and sisters in Christ minimizing and demonizing those that do not agree or believe exactly the same way. Here they are in no particular order. Have you or I used these to label a someone a believer or a heretic?
Republican or Democrat.
Pro-Life or Pro-choice
KJV or modern version
Protestant or Catholic
Liberal/Progressive or Conservative/Fundamentalist
Pro-gun control or anti-gun control
Pro-Israel or Pro-human rights for all in Palestine
Pro-capital punishment or Pro-Life without parole
Pro-marriage equality or Pro-“traditional” marriage.
These are just a few that come to mind at the moment.Now there are many discussions that can take place among these groups, and there will be heated disagreement from time to time. But NONE OF THESE is a litmus test to a person’s relationship with God. There is one thing and one thing only that determines that. It is the only litmus test and we had better not deviate from it, for when we do we preach “another gospel” and not the Gospel of unconditional love and grace. Here it is…
Does a person have a relationship with Jesus? If they say that they do, then we cannot assume otherwise. We are just to love them.
We will never prove Jesus is from God if we continue to divide ourselves over issues that may have more than one answer. We are not omniscient. Only God is. We are commanded to love one another.
Love covers a multitude of sins, and love never fails.