“So let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.” Job 34:4
Our human bodies are incredible creations. We have cells whose sole purpose is to recognize things that shouldn’t be there and eradicate them. Amazing!
Sometimes things things go wrong, though. This is called an auto-immune disease, and it causes the body to war against itself. It wreaks havoc on systems that are supposed to function flawlessly.
In the end, the whole body suffers.
The Church can develop an auto-immune disease of sorts, too. There are times when we encounter people (especially new believers) that are different. They may not act, look, or think like we have known Christians to before. We see them as invaders and attack. Oh, we probably don’t do it overtly, but we ostracize them, or make assumptions, or simply refuse to extend grace. The result is the same.
I pray that the body of Christ will have discernment. Not everyone or everything is to be trusted, but we can trust the Holy Spirit to show us the difference.
May we not be guilty of attacking ourselves, bringing destruction and pain to the body. May we let the Spirit’s leading show us what to defend, and what to destroy. May it never be said of us that we shot down one of our own.