Is it possible to truly have a church without borders? Borders; why are they built within every congregation who claims to know the will of God? Borders separate would be people of like mind; they divide families and friends, and discourage asking the question of why the borders exist. The borders are the man made doctrines and dogmas of the church. What exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of himself? “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34, NIV) Did Jesus take delight in the fact that people would be divided because of him? If you continue to read the text Jesus points out in verse 36 the very members of a household will become enemies. The overall question is what kind of warning is this? Is Jesus saying that border walls are good and that his teachings will cause divisions? Or, does Jesus foresee the outcome of human error and our ability to create division over teachings as we all try to be right? It is an undeniable fact that we have seen the madness of the Christian faith over the last 2 thousand years, the division it has caused and the lives destroyed. Maybe, just maybe Jesus desired not to cause division, rather an unavoidable human consequence.
What then can the church look like to fix our divisive nature? Thankfully I may have the answer. We must remove all doctrines and dogma except for two teachings; first, Christ as the incarnate son of God who lived, died, and was resurrected. Second the teaching of the Apostle Paul found in 1 Corinthians 13, which gives us the definition of love. Every other teaching then must be able to pass the love test. All then is permitted and all is forbidden. Absolutely everyone is accepted in God’s eternal love. Think of all of the social issues of today which divide the church. These social issues would be no more as we would not recognize them as issues within our body of Christ. All is truth, and all is lie. What remains is God’s eternal love. With humility and introspection we live out our lives in peace. We accept all people. There would not be a need to argue over theological interpretation for each person has the ability to interpret for themselves and then give this same authority to their fellows in respect of their own knowledge. The leaders among us will be those who serve the most as appointed leadership will not be beneficial. We will lead one another in humility as we are all ordained priest of God. We will gather to break bread, and our fellowship will be without major ritual that causes some to place someone on a higher level than another. Worship through song, prayer, and conversation.
Humanity cannot find God because humanity is looking up instead of looking within and around. Humanity as a whole is the very essence of God. A church cannot be divided. A church divided is not a church. A body cut in half is not able to function and is dead. The body of Christ is resurrected and full of life; this body is you. As you know we live in very divisive times, my heart is drawn as a Christian to present Godly answers to the issues we face. What if we stopped allowing issues to be issues and allowed ourselves to be happy? Politics are ruining the church in America, social justice is ignored by the majority in favor of a theology lacking in love and morally bankrupt. Many Christians seek signs and wonders, yet Jesus said you will not see any sign but that of Jonah. The sign then that people need to see is you. Be the resurrection, be the life to your fellows. I believe we can have a church without borders if we just take ourselves out of the way.