30 Days With Wesley – Day 13: The Pointless War

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(Optional Reading: Ephesians 2:13-16)

Many years ago, I remember sitting at home in my mom and dad’s room watching the television as the news began to report of the first gulf war. I still remember this moment, because I was sitting there thinking, war impacts so many thing. People’s fathers and mothers were on the other side of the world fighting. There was another war going on when I was younger that I remember as well. As I became older, it dubbed it, the pointless war.

The pointless war was a war of church denominations. There was a feel of; “If you are not in the denomination that I am, then you are not as great of a Christian as I am.” I went to a private christian high school. There were many denominations represented there. One of which was Catholic. At one point I remember thing, “Why are they even here? They aren’t real Christians.” Oh the naïvety of my youth.

Paul writes in Ephesians 2:13-14, “But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us.” I am thankful today that the pointless war doesn’t seem to be raging as strong as it once did, but maybe the war is going strong wherever you are reading this from.

I remember some of the students in my youth group asking questions about Catholics, Baptists, and some other denominations and I made one thing very clear to them. We are all on the same team. We might believe some things different but at the core we all still believe that Jesus Christ is our savior. Christ died to unite us. We must not waste our time bickering over non-salvational issues that we view differently. Let us stop this pointless war and focus on that which is most important: Building the Kingdom of God.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

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