Tuesday, March 12, 2013

No Christian Left Behind 3/12/13

"Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.  Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.  For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.'"  Rom 15:1-3

One of the things for which the Bush Administration was famous was the concept of "No Child Left Behind."  Though the execution and results were questionable, the doctrine was sound.  The idea is not unlike the teaching of Paul from which it must have been inspired.  We have been taught that no Christian is to be left behind.

Paul was addressing a church that consisted of both Jews and Gentiles who were trying to come together.  His admonition to all was that we are brothers and sisters with a common Father and that we are to take care of one another.  Though there are differences between us in heritage and habit (evidently considered weakness by some), it is critical that we band together to build one another up so that no one is left behind.

Beloved, the need for this teaching and its associated action is more relevant today than ever.  There are so many that are falling away from the Lord.  Distractions and deviations seem to multiply daily and once faithful believers are being recaptured by the enemy.  This ought not be so.  As any of us would protect and nurture the young ones in our blood families, we should all the more hold on tightly to those who are weaker in the faith.  Imagine what it would be like to be at the judgment as depicted in Matthew 25 and look over and see someone who used to sit next to you in worship in line with those who did not visit, feed, clothe, etc. and are headed for everlasting destruction.  We have a responsibility to one another.  This is modeled by Christ who stands between us and Satan's accusations.

Let us do all we can to ensure that not only no Christian, but no individual is left behind.



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