I’ve heard this a lot lately about different issues dealing with different aspects of Scripture. Should we have music? Well it’s not a salvation issue but _____. Can we clap or raise hands? I don’t think it’s a salvation issue but _____. Is it wrong to visit a denominational church? That’s not really a salvation issue but ____.
I have said it before, too, I’m not gonna lie. And I don’t necessarily have a problem with people saying that. Btw I am really struggling right now to figure out how I want to say this without conveying the wrong message. But the question I want to ask is, “Do we know what the ‘salvation issues’ are?”
I believe with all my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. And that He died as a sacrifice for the sin of the world, and rose from the dead so that we may have salvation. I know that in order to accept God’s precious gift we must be buried with Him through baptism. I understand that after I was baptized I must now walk in the Light.
None of that is my opinion. It is what I have read in God’s Word. It is what most people I think would say is a salvation issue. It’s what preachers talk about when speaking on the plan of salvation. But sometimes I feel as though we stop there.
I mentioned that we must walk in the light, and i believe people would agree that you must live a “Christian life.” That you can’t just stop at being baptized and say that’s it. But you also can’t just go to church and say that’s it either! You can’t just “not do bad things” and say that’s it!
When studying the life of Christ, we see so much more than just be baptized and go to church and do not sin.
We see love.
Everything Jesus taught revolved around love. Love for the Father. Love for the Scriptures. Love for our enemies. Love. Love. Love.
Sometimes I feel like we spend too much time discussing/arguing about the little issues and not enough time loving.
We can sit around all day tell people they are wrong for clapping, playing music, or attending a more “liberal” church, but if we aren’t going out and showing God’s love to the poor, the widowed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, our enemies,…EVERYONE..then how are we any better??
Maybe I’m wrong..maybe those things that “aren’t salvation issues” are more important. But I don’t think so. In my opinion, Jesus specifically told us to do certain things because He thought they were the most important.
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”