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The fragmented Christian church in America…. just a thought

April 13, 2018

…242 years ago men destined to run our nation gathered and drafted a document casting off the shackles of tyranny from England with the following words echoing their beliefs in God as their creator, and never once worrying about mixing matters of church with the state.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

….no I am not naïve or lack the intelligence to see a bigger picture but for some reason from time to time I reflect on the number and diversity of churches where I am living. It makes no matter if it was Philadelphia, where I was borne and raised, Fairbanks where there are almost as many churches as restaurants or here in Texas where at times it appears there is a church on every corner…. I have to ask why?

True I have not participated in services at every church but come on every one of them from the mega 3,000 seat one to the small corner storefront with 30 folding chairs all profess to believe in God as our Savior and that one must live according the inspired scriptures of the bible… so again I ask why so many churches?

Can you imagine the power ‘we the people’ would have if we had only one Christian church in our nation? The will of ‘we the people’ in that church could no longer be ignored. We would no longer have to contend with the likes of the ACLU suing us because we stand behind our beliefs. Our fellow Christians could in one breath rid congress of every representative that supported actions restricting our beliefs or worship.

Why couldn’t
those thousands of different christian churches
believe as one.

Why couldn’t
each follower of Christ
stand side by side
praising the lord
and set the example for the rest of our nation?

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  1. April 13, 2018 1:32 pm

    Maybe the better question would be why does the whole humanity stand as one? All religion preaches love and kindness, why can’t we forget the old rules that do not serve the humanity anymore and just be united in practicing love and kindness…? :)

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  2. john permalink
    April 13, 2018 2:14 pm

    beg to differ,,old rules were and are the basis of humanity, not following them is the reason that humanity, such as it is,is in the shape it is in today.. We need structure , just as it was needed in in the beginning john w8wej

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  3. April 13, 2018 4:18 pm

    History lesson. There was once just two churches. The Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Catholic Church. Both feasting on the naivity of the uneducated people to the point if was more about money than Faith.
    Thus enters The Reformation. Most attribute this to Martin Luther, however, it had been in the works for decades before. However, Martin Luther put his foot down, in spite of facing torture and execution from the Catholic church. He put the 95 theses on his church door and professed that the Catholic church was not Gods will. He protested most of what the Catholic church taught. One of the theses’ was that we had the ” Right” to question our beliefs and those of the leaders within the Church. The Catholic leaders where quick to call this movement ” proestesta” or the English, the protest. This is how the modern day Protestant churches were such as Baptist, Church of England, Pentecostal, Anglican.
    The modern day church was we know it was born out of, and continues to encourage , in most cases, self though, awareness of teaching, self improvement, and to not blindly follow the ” Pharisees” most often used in context of ” other” teachings.
    It is no wonder there is such diversity and often conflict within churches. The modern day ( other than Catholic and Orthodox) was born out of rebellion, and has continued to in the same thinking and modelling for the last 500 years. ( which celebrated it 500 anniversary last year).
    Though out it;s 500 year history we have seen the different faith come together to try and reconcile it’s differences to make a more unified difference but have all met, in time, with failure.
    As long as ” church” continues to be divided among systems of behaviors.theology, and doctrines we will always tend to loose sight of, in the end, that almost all of us share a commen core belief that revolves around the Risen Christ and his present power to reconcile us to God the Father. However, sadly we need to cloud that unifying part of faith with other non essential jargon of theologies.
    I am reminded of a cartoon I was saw in Seminary. There were dozens of doors leading into heaven Each with long lines. Each door had it’s own name. One had Baptist above it, the next Pentecostal, the next Anibaptist,, then Anglican and this continued down the line, Each door representing a different denomination. However, on the other side of the doors. you got it. They all led to the same place.Heaven

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  4. April 13, 2018 5:19 pm

    Sin. no one is without it, which is why we die. Sin also explains why some people believe some of the Scripture & not the other parts. Cherry picking is a favorite activity of so-called Christians. But Christ gave us books, reading in context would help a lot.

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