A Call to Find What We Share in Common, Rather Than Continuing to Throw Stones at Each Other
There is a great need within the body of Christ to find what we share in common with each other.
We have reached the point where it seems that we are continually searching for those things where we differ with each other, rather than what we have in common.
What are the foundational principles that each of us can say that we agree with each other on?
- Do those of us who believe, can each say that Jesus, Yeshua, is the Son of God?
- Can we all agree that He came in the form of a man who died on a cross and gave His life as a ransom for all, and would save us from our sins?
- Can we all agree that He will come again and pierce the clouds, coming with a sword to finish the work that is needed, and gather His own unto Himself?
- Can we then begin to throw our petty arguments aside concerning the time frame in which our Lord will return?
- Can we put aside our debates about His coming: during, before or after the tribulation period?
- Can we put aside our arguments about the need to only use certain names for the Son of God in our discourse?
- Are we to only use the Hebrew names of the Old Testament and restrict others to do so?
These are but a few of the many obstacles that continue to raise-up hurdles in our discourse with each other in the body of Christ.
They remain as an eyesore upon our union with each other, and their deep-seated cause distances us from each other.
Furthermore, the stance on political differences remains as one of the massive bulwarks of distances between us all.
Many are of the notion that only those who are of the Republican Party, would exhibit and show forth those principles of the Christian faith. And daily, we proclaim our differences downgrading those who are not of this party and persuasion.
And yet those who proclaim this belief have developed such a narrow range of vision that they don’t see the filth and prejudice within their own.
My friends, our eyesight has developed such a stigmatism that it restricts us from seeing the whole picture or landscape in front of us. And the enemy of our souls laughs gleefully as we fling stones at each other.
I am so tired of these obstacles and sick of the many petty arguments that many fling at each other!
To be certain and true, there are venues and definite concerns within each argument that one may bring up, and yet our tunnel vision prevents us from having a genuine dialogue with those who share the same belief in the One that we both worship.
We coin the word “liberal” with those who differ from us, and yet we are not educated enough to even know the true meaning of the word.
And those of the conservative persuasion are only thought to be ones who care about building large businesses and lack mercy or compassion for the common man.
These are extreme examples to be certain, and yet they walk out their differences each and every day among us.
We are setting-up armies on each side and we have now developed our own arsenals of weapons for our warfare with each other.
And now the division that is so clearly seen is widening and the gulf that now is seen has raised up a great curtain between us.
And yet is there not even one among us who could pull that curtain back and allow each of us to see what we may share in common?
Is there not even one who has the courage to venture into the other camp?
We are told that,
“My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children,” Hosea 4:6.
To be sure this lack of knowledge is primarily meant to be understood within a biblical and spiritual framework, and yet those same principles apply to those issues that raise their ugly heads between us.
But where has our knowledge been gathered from?
Is it steeped in political talk-show hosts who defame and ostracize those who differ from them, or has its origin come from another source?
We are told that those who lack wisdom can find it by seeking after it and our Father will grant it.
But let it not be the type of wisdom that is earthly and fallen. Let it come from the true and pure light that emanates from God’s eternal throne.
Then perhaps its hearers will develop a mindset and eyes to see the truth among us.
Then perhaps and only then, can we begin to see what we share in common with each other.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?