The truly inclusive church
Limiting oneself to 140 characters, as Twitter requires, is a challenge. One must reduce to the bare essentials, which often makes for positive results. (Stay with me, this will be worth it, I think.)
I started Quick Bible Truths on Twitter. With the undesirable tendencies and directions it has taken, I moved the primary content generator from there to a Hubzilla installation. (Unfortunately, not my own, but hosted by another, but he’s a good type.)
So on Hubzilla, I can write at will. This morning’s post went from a much larger text down to this:
— Quick Bible Truths (@bibletruths) December 5, 2015
The original item I wrote contains 227 characters, according to my TextWrangler program:
The church of God is the only truly inclusive society. This is why politically correct politics that touts inclusiveness must necessary oppose Christianity, even in its perverted forms such as denominationalism and Catholicism.
You decide which is the better of the two. Those two perverted forms of Christianity mentioned above are divisive in their nature. They create religious parties and so are the antithesis of inclusiveness. But even these the world opposes, one supposes, because they still contain a hint of of the truth.
Of course, the nature of inclusiveness in the family of God, as it is taught in the New Testament and lived by saints who obey their Lord Jesus Christ, is totally different from that of the world. The latter is not inclusiveness at all, but a euphemism for the oppression by a new immoral minority over the majority.
Even as saints suffer, along with others who hold to some types of religion or not, our reactions must show why we are God’s people who invite all to become part of the family — reactions of love, compassion and truth.
God calls everyone, regardless of race, class, social standing, political party, nationality, or sexual orientation, into his kingdom. Anyone can become a follower of Christ. To do so, he requires faith and change. We cannot remain what we are. We can be more than we ever dreamed of being. We can fulfill the eternal purpose for our existence. Repentance is a condition:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God, 1Co 6.9-11 NET.
We cannot continue to live the way we once did. We must make the decision to cease with sin, be immersed so that our sins are washed away, and be given over to total dedication to the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Again, anyone can choose this path. All are welcomed into the fold. All of us were dominated by sin. None has any merit or any special shame because of our past lives.
The body of Christ, then, is the only truly inclusive society. In this creation of God we rejoice and glory, and it is this grace of his, this benevolent invitation, that we embrace and proclaim.