I had a conversation with an individual some time ago, in the course of the conversation, we delved into the subject of marriage. I was enjoying the conversation until the individual said that “believers should not marry Christians who are from a Muslim background“, I was shocked and sad.
The church is now an assembly of people from different obvious classes, we boldly show this in our church; we say some are poor, rich, from Christian background, from Muslim background and all sorts of other characteristcs. Who has bewitched us?
Stop your discrimination, we are all one in Christ! Galatians 2:8 clearly spells this out! “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus”. (NLT).
God is not a racist, He will not make segregated churches for His children just like some governments make segregated schools for their citizens. God wants all of His children to grow together. God has no favourites (Gal 2:6)
A lot of time I see the church neglecting people who were once in the LGBTQ community, cultism and even premarital affairs who are now born again, we seem to have forgotten that they are new creatures and old things are passed away (2 Cor 5:17)
They belong here… “Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian” (Eph 2:19 TLB)... Together, we are God’s house.
“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together”. (Eph 2:19-21 MSG)
We are one… “By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive” 1 Corinthians 12:13 (MSG)
We did not become a Christian by being born into a Christian home, we became a believer by believing personally in what Christ did… We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.(Rom 3:22 NLT)
Instead of discriminating, help them to grow in the knowledge of God.
Love, accept and serve the other members of Christ.
Do not forget, the way you treat other members of Christ’s body reflects how much you love Christ.