The core of the church is faith in God (exemplified by works), and brotherly love demonstrated by unity (not uniformity); that is what God is looking for. So let’s not get distracted by things that are of lesser importance.
The very genesis of our growth is the Word of Christ which the Holy Spirit reveals to us.
It is the love we share (by our actions, not just words!) that makes people believe we are sincere. It is how much we sacrifice for each other that opens the door for the gospel message. It is by bearing each other’s burdens that we fulfill the Law of Christ.
Christ’s reign in His Church is that of a shepherd-king. He has supremacy, but it is the superiority of a wise and tender shepherd over his needy and loving flock… Let us worship and bow down before Him as the people of His pasture.
… in the body of Christ we welcome (receive) each other not for our own pleasure, but to please God.
The question to ask is ‘Where is the church? Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing our society?’”
If we determine to honor God with our lives, regardless of the obstacles and setbacks we face, then… the testimony of our lives will be more than enough: “They shall eat, and shall leave thereof”.
Whether my life in under the influence of a good government/boss/parent/economy, OR a weak government/boss/parent/economy OR a bad government/boss/parent/economy; I can still choose to do what is right, I am still the only one who is responsible for my actions.