It isn’t all about me. It isn’t all about me and Jesus either.
I’m tying up loose ends here. In Lent I worked most of the way through the Book of Hebrews, and there’s just the last chapter to look at. Here it is.
Before you read on remember that the book of Hebrews was written to Christians who were being persecuted. So how should a persecuted Christian act?
- Let brotherly love continue.
- Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
- Remember those who are in prison,
- Let marriage be held in honour among all,
- Be content with what you have
- Remember your leaders, imitate their faith.
This is where traditional evangelical theology has problems. It is too individualistic. What we have here is our relationship with others. It isn’t just about Jesus and me, there are other people too. Even if you are being persecuted the commandment to love others still stands. Those of us who are not being persecuted have no excuse, we are being saved together.
There is plenty of room for individualistic preaching. Evangelism is one. There are also individual aspects to the Christian life. But when the Bible talks about the bride of Christ it is talking about the church. You are not individually the Bride of Christ and neither am I. The Bride of Christ is the church, all of it, not just one local assembly of Christians or onr denomination but the whole universal church. This is what I mean when I say we are being saved together. And we are responsible for each other. Visit those in prison, to the Hebrews the letter was written to persecution meant that they could be the the next ones arrested.
As the Apostle Paul said, bearing each other’s burdens fulfils Christ’s law.