The Church Is a Steward of Righteousness - By Marvin G. Thompson

In these days of entrenched political and ideological divisions within the community of believers, it is important to point out who we are as a body called the Church. My heart is burdened for the name of our God and Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the Church. When we engage, as many of us do, in the marketplace of ideas or social or political causes, as Christians we cannot simply mouth off because we feel we acting out of a sense of righteous indignation. Whether individually or collectively, each believer's conduct reflects upon the Church. It is important to remind each other about what we are called to be and do.

The Church has a unique place in the world. It is a divine entity persisting amidst the corrupt and the morally decaying. Furthermore, it is made up of people who are clothed in mortality and subjected to corruption and moral decay. If we think of the Church, not as an earthbound institution of people sharing a common faith, but as a literal spiritual entity representing a Divine and living God, then it is truly unique in a world where ungodliness and evil rein.
I am concerned that the Church is not embracing its uniqueness. Of all the world's religion, Christianity stands alone in declaring the unmatched and unapproachable goodness of God, who has made himself known to us through Jesus Christ. He alone is God and there is no other - never was, and never will be. It bothers me, then, to see the Church so caught up in the moral depravity that has come to define the age.
Our times are plagued by social strife with disparate special interest groups seeking to be heard and favored. This creates a battlefield where moral virtue becomes the main causality as the means applied are without restraint, and the collateral damage includes truth, decency, civility, compassion, brotherly love, empathy and kindness. Sadly, and especially in America, a significant portion of the Church is engaged in this battle, and is employing the same weapons and means of warfare.
When I speak of the Church I do not make a distinction of denominations, conservative or liberal wings, or para-church factions. The Church consists of wheat and tares, sheep and goats, and at the time of the harvest the Reaper will separate the one from the other. However, I am painfully aware that there are many within the Church who are misguided, sincerely so for the most part, but there are also wolves. Those are "blemishes" that have been allowed free reign to tarnish our good name in these times of moral relativity and uncertainty.
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