A recent observation was made to Ancients, and it reminds me of this idea.
Believers are entirely too slow to extend the right hand of fellowship where it is needed and deserved. He worships on Saturday. She worships on Sunday. He has no problem with Christmas. She has every problem with Christmas. She drinks a glass of wine. He says you are a drunk if you drink a glass of wine. He has a beer. She has issues with beer.
He smokes a cigar. She enjoys a Virginia Slim. He wears cologne. She despises perfume as if one is a hooker. He owns a television. She says you cannot be a solid Christian and watch the telly. He argues with Atheists. She chastises others for arguing with Mormons. He goes to the stadium to watch football. She avoids arenas like the plague.
He celebrates Thanksgiving. She says ‘what a waste.’ In everything and everyday give thanks. Do I exaggerate? Nope. And the cost? Collateral damage by way of testimony and a real opportunity to shun the real giving of thanks: membership in the true body of Christ, of which, and in which all believers are members.
There is no list of do’s and don’ts that require signing for the spirituality test. Let every man be persuaded in his own mind, but for the sake of humanity and for the love of God, let’s give the right hand of fellowship if it is just to embarrass the alligator, that short-armed and legalistic creature. Let’s prove the more excellent way.
I once read a gripe by someone (s) who complained that it is not spiritual to ‘like’ a post without commenting. Really? So now there is a standard that must be abided? C’mon, extend that right hand of favor and loosen the grip on another mans grace. Not all care to comment, and I submit there are a thousand reasons.
Let’s rid ourselves of the encumbrance of the short-armed reputation. Life is short enough without our self-made leashes. C’mon, support one another, and choose the more excellent way. ‘Like’ it. Don’t comment. Don’t like it. Whatever floats your boat, but the essence of the gospel is secured within the banks of grace and truth.
And we certainly know with whom we trade comments, if there is light. I have said before, not all are at the same mile markers in life, and it may behoove us to extend that right arm to someone who desperately needs to know that even in their early stages of understanding, that they are valued. Or, just maybe they have been where we are, and have arms that stretch because of He who made the arms.
C’mon, give it up, for the Lord’s sake anyway.