I’d like to tell you about my friend, whom I’ll call Tony (not his real name). Like me, Tony is a member of the body of Christ that meets at Piedmont Church of Christ.
Tony once believed and practiced Islam. Tony’s life hasn’t been easy or simple. He struggles. He works hard. Things don’t always go Tony’s way.
Tony and I don’t agree on everything. I’ve learned quite a bit from him and he’s learned some things from me. I love him and he loves me. Why? Because we’re brothers in Christ.
Tony and I are members of the body of Christ. As such, we are different. Look at 1 Corinthians 12:
The Holy Spirit, inspiring the Apostle Paul, teaches us all about different gifts in the first part of 1 Corinthians 12. Verse 4 begins, “Now there are varieties of gifts…” We are different and that is according to God’s design. We have different gifts. This leads to different perspectives.
We are like a physical body with its different members. Each member of a physical body has a different function, a different purpose. Each member is specialized. Like members of a physical body, the body of Christ is made up of many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body. That’s what 1 Corinthians 12:12 tells us.
Tony and I are different. Tony is a black man and I am a mixture of German, Scottish, Irish, and Cherokee. Tony once believed in Islam. I once believed in something (agnostic) and eventually found Christ. We have different backgrounds and different perspectives.
How do people of such opposing backgrounds come to love one another? There is only one answer: Jesus is the Answer.