1999-11-30 - Squirrel Burgers?

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one bond and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines made a big company mistake recently when it failed to understand the public outrage that would result from one of its decisions. The airline discovered some illegally stashed squirrels on one of its flights. They were 440 fluffy rodents from China. KLM solved the problem of the illegally imported cargo by sending them all through a meat processor. This created the public outcry. KLM has now addressed the problem and no longer imports any rodents, animals caught in the wild or any endangered species. But the policy change was too late for 440 squirrels.

Big Companies sometimes make dumb decisions. It is a fact. People do the same. Who is there who doesn't regret some decision they made along life's path? Churches also, from time to time, make poor decisions. It is a fact. When we feel our church has made a poor decision there are some positive things that you and I can do.

  1. Pray for your church. Pray for the leadership within your church. Ask God to bless their decisions and ask Him to help you not harbor any ill thoughts toward your church or your church leaders. Seek first, in your prayers, the glory of God. Ultimately He will be glorified, but seek His glory now. Pray that, even if you fail to see how, the gospel might prevail and change lives as a direct result of this decision. Pray that the church might be strengthened and that the faith of its members might be made more steadfast and complete.

  2. Work for the unity of your church. Regardless of how you might feel about an individual decision or a particular policy, the church is Christ's witness in a fallen world. One specific characteristic of the church is to be unity. The church is a scared society that gathers its members from various backgrounds and interpretations, but among that diversity, there is to be unity.

One characteristic that is essential to the unity and peace of the church is charity or love. We are united to each other in the church under the bond of love. "And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." Colossians 3:14 There are many people in the church who feel it is their gift to complain about this or that policy or decision. This produces discord, not unity. Let us not be like them. Rather let us rest in the sovereignty of God to protect His church and to guard it against that which would tear it down and hinder its witness.

"There is but one God, and they that serve Him should be one. There is nothing that would render true religion more lovely, or make more proselytes to it, than to see the professors of it tied together with the heart-strings of love." Thomas Watson

Soli Deo Gloria,