Don’t worry this has nothing to do with a certain Disney song with that same title. This is not a youtube video of me singing this…sorry, I cannot put you through that pain and torture.
I have been involved with several different groups of believers in my lifetime. I am not that old, so I know that there will be many more groups that I will be involved with. One of the things that I have witnessed in those years is the nature with which we cling to our faith. We internalize and define what it means to be a Christian by our own standards. We find what we like and make that our faith. We take the practices of the brand of Christianity that we like and make that “the way”.
This is my admitting my own guilt in this matter. There are things in the church that I grew up in, that I have made critical to my definition of faith. If a church or person did not have these, well they really are not a true Christian. Some people grow up with that traditional church system. And that becomes their norm. That becomes something that they cling to and internalize as being one with Jesus. Others might have grown in a non-traditional setting without a leadership system. This becomes their norm and both sides are really really good at defending why they operate the way that they do.
All sides can always argue why their method is Scriptural and therefore good. Each person has learned how to defend their stance on the issue.
And somewhere in all the chaos is this person of Jesus. Somewhere in the debates and the clinging to our own vision of “THE truth” we lost sight of Christ. We defend and defend when we should be worshiping. We get caught up in being right that we neglect the Savior. I have seen the “discussions” lead to people wondering about their brothers and sisters walk. Are they really saved? How can they call themselves a Christian?
And in that regard, I pull you back to Christ. I encourage everyone to stop looking to be right and start looking to grow closer to Christ. If the traditions and practices of your church or faith group or whatever term you use, allow you to grow closer to Christ and have a fuller understanding of Him then please continue growing in that manner. I encourage all of us believers to be open to that moving of the Lord as He works. If the practices of your group are a barrier to you hearing His voice, then it is time to re-evaluate the entire situation.
I am writing this to encourage all of us to stop clinging to the things of our faith and make sure that we are all growing closer to Christ. Just because someone questions the way that you worship, please don’t take it as a personal attack or make it your job to validate your own practices. If you are growing closer to Christ and there is fruit, then keep bearing good fruit. BUT at the same time, do not think that the other person needs to be set straight.
Because through all the fighting you are missing the fact that Jesus is in the room wanting to share something with you. Remove the distractions that keep you from getting closer to Him!