The church is the bride of Christ. The bearer of his mission. Though she is not the Kingdom – she is a reflection and a part of it. We are called to know him, be known by him, and make him known to others. You would think that we would take careful notice as to what our God loves and hates. The bible reads, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue,and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19, ESV).
May the church show wisdom to a world that is desperately searching. God will not allow any leader to think more of himself than he should. He will not look kindly on a church that has exalted themselves above the community around them – whether it be out of legalism or liberty.
God’s heart breaks at the sound of false prophecy and false teaching. So many are lead astray either because someone untentionally or intentionally uses or abuses the gospel. Teachers are held to even a higher standard because of the influence taht has been entrusted to them. Truth will have the last word.
Our Heavenly Father is a life-giver. So why are we so comfortable with death? He is a God of justice – but not of revenge. Nothing is worse than taking an innocent life. The church must have some difficult conversations as it relates to abortion, famine, war, and even the death penalty. Remember, even David was prevented from building the temple – and he was involved in God-ordained battles. How can the church bring peace?
He also will tolerate the hearts of those who plot evil others. Those who seek division. Those who want to be right rather than make things right. The church must seek unity in their diversity. Belief and belonging. Then there are those who love evil so much that they go looking for it. Those who cannot function without drama – there is something about these individuals that actually need something to go wrong just so that they have something to do. Along with that, there is no place in God’s body for deception. False witness is so contrary to his character. Such attitudes and actions must be quickly confronted and corrected.
Finally (and possibly of most importance), God cannot have those who stir up dissension. Unending and ceaseless quarreling. Those who lose their temper too often and for all the wrong reasons. The world is watching. What are they seeing?
May we be a church that is famous for our humility, purity, compassion, honesty, and unity.