Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hanson: denominational blinders

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
    —Philippians 1:27-28 (ESV)
    To us, our denomination is a source of pride: we feel an intimate link with our fellow church-member in Fiji, and we think how wonderful it is that we belong to a communion which spans the entire globe. We do not normally reflect that this sense of solidarity is very often gained at the expense of the unity which we ought to be experiencing with our fellow-Christian next door who belongs to a different denomination.
    ... Anthony T. Hanson (1916-1991), The Church of the Servant, London: SCM Press, 1962, p. 120 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 23:8; John 17:20,21; Phil. 1:27-28; 1 Pet. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, open my eyes to the needs and opportunities for witness and fellowship that are nearby.
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