KMD wrote:And so, we all end up fighting each other, when Christ's main teaching was for us to love each other. Boy, do we manage to screw that up in spectacular ways! [/i]
How right you are! I don't know if you know the hymn "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy", but it refers to followers of Christ as the lights along the shore which lead seafarers to the lighthouse, or Christ. It says:
Trim your feeble lamp, my brother.
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed
trying now to make the harbor
in the darkness may be lost.
Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
you may rescue, you may save.
It also says "eager eyes are watching, longing for the lights along the shore". People are looking for others who exemplify the love of Christ. It's hard for them to find us if we're squabbling over who's really doing that.
Good post, KMD!