It's No Joke
November 01 05
The website, Ship of Fools, recently asked folks to submit their favorite religious jokes. Readers had the chance to vote for the funniest and here's the winner:
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump. I ran over and said: "Stop. Don't do it."
"Why shouldn't I?" he asked.
"Well, there's so much to live for!"
"Are you religious?"
He said: "Yes."
I said: "Me too. Are you Christian or Buddhist?"
"Me too. Are you Catholic or Protestant?"
"Me too. Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?"
"Wow. Me too. Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"
"Baptist Church of God."
"Me too. Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?"
"Reformed Baptist Church of God."
"Me too. Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?"
He said: "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915."
I said: "Die, heretic scum," and pushed him off.
It's funny, but then again, it's not. Sadly, it has a lot of truth to it. In 1 Corinthians, Paul reprimands those carnal Christians for having divisions among them. This was the beginning of denominations, but Paul would have none of it. We all have our favorite teachers. We all want to be a part of a group to the exclusion of others. It is human nature. But it is not God's way.
In nearing the end of Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth, he reminds them that when the Rapture takes place, all true believers will be taken to be with the Lord. He begins the letter by teaching them that there should be no divisions among true believers. Throughout the letter, he teaches about the Body of Christ being one with many members. At the end of the letter, he says that we will go to heaven as one. There will be no denominations, no exclusive groups. All true believers will be together with God.
We are to be one Body, each serving God as God guides, not seeking our own, but sacrificing for the good of all. May we all serve in Spirit and truth that we may someday hear those awesome words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
We are to be one Body, pleasing to God in all things. As we live in these last days, we are to make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14). Let us live in such a way that we will not be ashamed at His coming (1 John 2:28). May we cling to His grace and mercy as we seek to obey His every command.
Let me encourage you today. Love one another. Help each other to continue to follow the Truth. Lift each other up in prayer. Carry each others' burdens. Take that love to the world that more would come into the Body.