Christianity sprang up as a grass-roots movement of people changed by the life and love of their teacher and God, Jesus Christ. This caused people to cast aside their cultural, racial and economic differences and to come together to live in a unified community.
Acts 2:42-45 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.”
The Modern Christian Church in America has very little in common with the early Christian Church. Christians are more segregated on Sundays than any other day of the week. They separate themselves by race, dogma/denomination, and schisms within churches often termed “church splits.” Christian Churches have become institutions rather than the social network of living one’s life day-to-day with other Christians. Furthermore, it is difficult to get people to acknowledge one another in Sunday services, let alone to live a life that is shared on a daily basis.
As more and more religious freedom is taken away from Christians in America, it is very possible that the Church may undergo persecution not unlike churches in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Many Christians bury their heads in the sand and say it won’t happen in America. But, this is an elitist viewpoint that we believe those of the Christian faith in other countries can live in constant terror due to their faith, yet we will never be touched by this. The media is quick to point of the foibles and failings of the church. Also, much legislation is being implemented to restrict religious expression.
Therefore, it is imperative that the Christian Community awakes to its former self. Churches are not buildings, they are groups of people. I Corinthians 19-21: 19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
Christians need to work together to build groups and communities of people that are a vital part of each other’s everyday lives. The implementation of small group communities in the Christian Church is a revolution of the church of sorts, and is paving the path back to Christianity’s former self.
Yet, Christians still have a long way to go towards being an everyday part of the lives of others. Christians need to visit widows and orphans, take care of the elderly, care for the sick, console the grieving, feed and clothe the homeless, support the divorced of our communities, heal the victimized and love all who come to them for help. These goals can be achieved as Christians become woven into the fabric of the everyday lives of one another. Sundays should not be the only day one lives Christianity. It is a day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute relationship with Jesus Christ. Hand in hand Christians can change the world if they do what the scripture says in John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
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