Jesus Called Us to Make Disciples, Not Baptists (or Catholics, or Lutherans, or…)

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Kevin Dooley | Flickr
A humble call to remind all of us that it’s about Jesus and his church, not our little segment of it.

The world doesn’t need more Episcopalians.

No one wakes up with a hunger to be a Methodist.

No child says “I want to be Assemblies of God when I grow up.”

We live in a post-denominational world. The day of being Presbyterian because we grew up Presbyterian is ending. Actually, it’s already ended. Some of us just haven’t caught up with it yet.

People who don’t go to church aren’t longing to wear any of the labels church people wear so proudly and fight about so angrily. And they shouldn’t.

Our neighbors and co-workers have no desire to be Calvinist or Arminian, Pentecostal or Cessationist, Evangelical or Orthodox. They probably don’t know what most of those words even mean.

And they certainly don’t want to be pew-warmers, giving units, or a target demographic. In fact, when they discover that church leaders sometimes refer to them that way, they’re appalled. And rightly so.

But they all have an ache to draw closer to Jesus. Even if they don’t realize it. Yet.

Keep Pointing to Jesus

When believers emphasize our differences and our labels, we add another level of distance between Jesus and the people he loves.

It’s not that denominations and theological identifiers are wrong. I wear several myself. But I only use them with other Christians, and only as a conversational shortcut. Never with unbelievers, and never to create distance between myself and other believers.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today, Leadership Today
Karl Vaters