The right uniform
Near the outset of the Civil War, the First Battle of Bull Run (or First Manassas) was fought. The war was still new, and standard uniforms were in short supply. It was not yet blue versus gray. Many in the Union wore the gray of the South while many in the South wore the North’s blue. Compounding the confusion was the fact that members of local militias often divided their loyalties, resulting in some identical uniforms on both sides.
This resulted in incidents where soldiers were mowed down by their own side. On occasion soldiers would walk up to troops that wore their colors only to discover too late they had walked into the enemy camp.
I see four ways this is happening in the Church:
1. Some Christians look like the world. The Word of God makes it clear we should come out from among them and be separate. That means our lifestyle is completely different from the world’s.
2. If you live like the world, you can be mistaken for the enemy. Christians who do not live much like Christians often become the source of conflict within the Church.
3. Denominations often take sides. Christians attack one another’s beliefs, often regarding minor doctrines. They wear the uniform of their “brand” of Christianity. You can never afford to have war within an army. You must always fight the enemy, not your fellow soldiers.
4. Cults often intentionally try to look like they are on our side. They use Christian terminology and attempt a Christian appearance.
Christians, let us stand together in the uniform of Jesus Christ. And let us support those who fight for our nation and for our right to be “one nation under God.”
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