No More Buts

It seems that the more I talk about unity, the more people come up to me and say I agree with you but.  There always seems to be a but.  Although we have our differences, as the people of God we all have the same mission.  That mission was given to us in the Great Commission.  We are to go and make disciples.  The unity of the church is based on the essentials and there are not that many of them.

  1. Believe in God.
  2. Believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God who died for your sins.
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ will one day return.

These are the things that are essential to salvation.  Everything else is a nonessential.  The nonessentials are where we get the but’s.  Why does this happen?  It happens because we are so invested in our theology and our own opinions.  We should be willing to correct our brothers and sisters when we think they are in error.  What we should not do is say that we are not willing to work in unity to achieve the mission that God has called us to simply because we have a theological difference.  I know that it can be hard to work with someone that sees the world differently than you do.  It can be hard to understand why some people have a different theological interpretation than you.  The bottom line is if we all agree on the essentials, God expects that we will get past the disagreements on the nonessentials and get to work.  The Disciples did not always agree yet they did what Jesus told them to do.  We are not going to always agree yet we need to do what God has called us to do.  We need to work as one body.  NO MORE BUTS.  NO MORE WHAT IFS.

the essentials.  Now I’ll tell you to this day I strongly believe that there are some issues where this pastor is in error, but when it comes to the essential we are on the same page.  If I had focused on the non-essential some of the positive steps that we were able to make in ministry would not have happened, and I would not have grown as much as I did because of that experience.

When I talk about unity I am not talking about conformity I’m not talking about friendship.  I’m talking about fulfilling the mission of the church.  When this life is over, and we stand before God, we are all going to find out there were some things we spent a lot of time and energy on that we shouldn’t have.  We are also going to find that there were somethings that we should have spent more time on.  We have to be careful not to be so sure of our own righteousness that we shun those who we think are in error rather than working with them and trying to correct the error.  What will you say to the Lord when you stand before him if he asks you, did you give your best effort to maintain unity within my church.  Let us strive for unity and let’s have No More Buts.

 

25 thoughts on “No More Buts”

  1. Can I simply say what a aid to seek out somebody who really is aware of what theyre speaking about on the internet. You definitely know the way to convey a difficulty to mild and make it important. Extra individuals need to read this and perceive this aspect of the story. I cant consider youre not more widespread because you undoubtedly have the gift.

  2. My brother recommended I would possibly like this website. He was once totally
    right. This publish truly made my day. You can not believe
    simply how so much time I had spent for this
    info! Thank you!

  3. My brother suggested I might like this website.

    He was entirely right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  4. I am extremely inspired along with your writing talents as well as with the format to your blog.
    Is this a paid subject matter or did you modify it your self?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to look a great blog
    like this one these days..

  5. Excellent post. Keep writing such kind of info on your blog.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hi there, You have performed an incredible job.
    I will certainly digg it and for my part suggest to
    my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

  6. Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless
    I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading
    links or maybe guest writing a blog article
    or vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of the same
    subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from
    each other. If you are interested feel free to
    shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Fantastic blog by the way!

  7. Howdy! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 4!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your
    posts! Carry on the superb work!

  8. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely great.
    I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and
    the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you
    still care for to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read much more
    from you. This is really a terrific web site.

  9. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next
    post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  10. I think everything published was actually very reasonable.
    But, think about this, what if you were to create a killer title?
    I mean, I don’t wish to tell you how to run your blog, but what if you added a post
    title that grabbed people’s attention? I mean No More Buts –
    Rev. Ruff's Blog is kinda plain. You should peek at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they write post headlines to get viewers to
    click. You might try adding a video or a related picture or two
    to get people interested about everything’ve written. In my opinion, it could make your website a little
    livelier.

  11. Greate pieces. Keep posting such kind of info on your page.
    Im really impressed by it.
    Hey there, You have performed an incredible job. I will certainly digg
    it and for my part suggest to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this site.

Leave a Comment