Make No Distinctions Among Yourselves

Make no religious distinctions among yourselves, for this would require you or others to be judges.  Only the Lord is our Judge.

Do not say, “This one is Christian and that one is not.”  Do not even take the label for yourself.  Speak in His name by all means.  That is, speak to Him.  And speak of Him to others.  But do not take a name to yourself that makes anyone else less of His child.  The moment you call yourself Christian, you establish an artificial boundary between yourself and others who don’t choose that identity.  Jesus died to make us all one.  Every person belongs to Him.  Therefore, religious labels create divisions among people for whom Christ died.

Don’t just eliminate these distinctions from your speech.  Eliminate them from your mind.  See all people as God’s children, regardless of their level of understanding.

The Lord knows all hearts.  He knows whether we are truly faithful to Him or not.  As to others, if we truly love Him it will become apparent to them shortly.  If we have to wear a name tag that says we belong to Christ (“I’m a Christian”), maybe it’s a sign that there is not enough behavioral evidence to establish the point.

Live in such a way that you are identifying with Him – not with a group of people who say they identify with Him.  A group of people did not die for you.  He did.

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2 Replies to “Make No Distinctions Among Yourselves”

  1. I haven’t read any of your other posts yet. But I did enjoy this one. I don’t think I’ve ever called myself a Christian aloud, or in actual face to face conversations, but when I’m trying to describe myself online I normally fall to labeling myself as a Christian. I know before I knew Jesus I was turned off by people calling themselves Christians; like you said it created distance between me and them.. and made me feel like they thought they were better than me or something. I want to make sure I don’t make other people feel like that.
    Thanks for the post.

    1. Indeed, we should promote His name (identity) and not our own. Thus, when you say on your blog, “I love Jesus,” you truly honor Him. This is because you are talking about Him and pointing to Him – and not to a human group.

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