“We are always remembered by our actions and reactions to certain specific moments in our lives.” A case in point is the baptism and communion service we will experience today. This one moment will forever define the lives of the ones being baptized today.
However, it also redefines who we are as we welcome new followers of Christ into the Body of Christ. A marriage of two individuals is another moment in one’s life that is a defining moment. I love to be a part of weddings. In particular I love to say these words, “What God has joined together let no one divide.”
I think those words are also fitting at the time of baptism. As these new followers are added to the Body of Christ, they become part of the whole that should never be divided. That relationship in marriage is communicated by the love the spouses have for one another. That should always be what is communicated between Christians. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) Now in the marriage this is in good times and bad, sickness and health, and to be true and faithful unto death. I believe this is true for the body of Christ as well.
Our community is having a defining moment right now. I believe as Christians we have the opportunity to show the world that this community of believers will be defined by its love for one another. Anything less is simply not Christian. We are not commanded to always agree but it is a command that we always love one another. What God has joined together let no one divide.
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