When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is reach for my celly. For some reason between the darkness staring through my window and the cold stale air I need to know exactly which hour of dawn I just cracked. I can almost narrate the type of day I'll have based on the hour I awake.
I scroll through my drop down menu to see how busy my phone has been while I caught some Z's. One of my favorite consistencies is my Daily Bible app. The scripture that morning was Philippians 1:15-18. What stood out to me was verses 15 and 18. "15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some of good will... 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
...and the point of it all; Christ is being preached!
I didn't grow up in one church my entire life. I went to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic church/school from kindergarten and elementary to eighth grade. After that, my family started going to a Christian based church. While at Howard, the few times I rolled out of bed, I frequented the schools Chapel which was the most traditional of any of the churches I'd ever attended. While living in New York, I became a member of Emanuelle Baptist Church. Once I moved back to LA I religiously fellow shipped at St. Luke Restoration Christian Center C.O.G.I.C. And now I attend City Church LA.
Its safe to say as far as churches are concerned I have had a full plate of its religious smorgasbord .
What has been consistent with them all, is Christ. He is the point of it all.
Does It matter what day service is on, if Christ is Preached?
Does it matter whether you sit or stand, if Christ is being preached?
Does it matter what you're wearing, if Christ is being preached? Although I'd like to think it always matters what you are wearing!
Does it matter how long the service last, what song was sang, if somebody cries, etc etc.
Do any of these matter if Christ is being preached?
Do church anniversaries, love offerings, and memberships hold any weight to the value of Christ being preached?
Unfortunately because our society is segregated by religion, social status, and even appearances it all matters... but only up to the point where we learn about the grace of God. I have found myself on the receiving and giving end of judgement for someone not attending the same type of church as I do, the culture of the service, or for making the sign of the cross. They have no weight no comparison once I understood the beauty of His "unmerited" grace and truly accepted His unconditional love that will never NEVER leave me.
You see God's grace allows Catholics to make the sign of the cross as a symbol of reverence. His grace allows Seventh Day Adventist to worship on Saturday's. His grace allows me to have church on a Wednesday night, because my Pastor has to return to Seattle for Sunday service. All communities and cultures of faith have different gestures of devotion, servitude, and love. God's glorious grace teaches us to respect others and cherish our own.
And when Christ is being preached in them all... "What then?... I therein joice". Be gracious!
Totally Obsessed xoxo Love
Love Collins is a designer who blogs about life Behind-the-Seams. She is the owner of the women's custom apparel studio Love Collins Customer Clothier. Co-Owner of the popular online jewelry boutique The Pink Studs and founded the non profit organization The Fashion Hoard, which helps deserving young ladies fulfill their prom dreams.