Several times this week, I’ve seen something that made me ask that very question.
My sweet baby boy has decided he wants to play basketball. Being the good mom, I signed him up for the local recreation league. Last night, while we were waiting on his team’s time slot, we watched the little girls play. I think it was probably the ages seven and eight group. Those were some competitive little girls! It wasn’t uncommon at all to see them fighting for the ball. In one such instance, one of the girls who was fighting for the ball came up victorious, got excited and promptly made a basket…for the other team. Oops.
Whose team are you on, little one?
Then it was time for my boy to play. He’s in the ages nine and ten and his team isn’t very good. Okay, they’re not good at all. They’re bad. Bad News Bears bad. The boy who always takes the ball down court isn’t great at actually hanging onto the ball. Last night, we quit counting the number of times he got the ball, dribbled it down the court…then promptly lost it to the other team. It was painful. And it caused me to ask…
Whose team are you on, dude?
On New Years Day, I was on Facebook. (Of course). I noticed that a popular female Christian comedian I follow had posted a beautiful picture of herself with some friends, celebrating the new year. Shortly after, I saw another post from this lady. She was explaining that she wasn’t going to explain what was in her glass in that last picture, because she felt like her life should speak for itself. If she had to explain such a little thing, then her work for Christ seemed like for naught. Of course, I had to go back to look at the picture to see what all the fuss was about. Well, it was all over a stemmed glass with a bubbly amber liquid in it. It could have been champagne. Or white grape juice. Or ginger ale. I don’t know. And don’t care. But clearly some of her other fans cared. The comments ranged from slightly snobby (What’s in your glass?) to downright preachy (I’m disappointed in you for drinking…). As I read the many posts, I had to ask…
Exactly whose team are you on, anyway???
The Bible makes it clear that if we are followers of Christ, then we are all the “church.” Christ is the head and we are the body. (Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27). Now, yes, I may be the toe…or more likely the tongue…and you may be the hand or belly button, but still, we’re all joined together. Most folks don’t go around hurting their own physical body. But, it seems so many who carry the title “Christian” are bound and determined to hurt their spiritual body – their fellow believers.
What does the Bible say about how we should treat one another? Good question! Here are a few answers…
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
I notice that none of those say backbite, nitpick, criticize or ridicule. Yes, there are folks out there making bad decisions. Sometimes, it’s me and I need love and compassion. According to God’s Word, if we offer rebuke or direction, it must be done carefully and in love. And I would add, only if God has specifically directed you to do so! I’ve seen a meme passing around Facebook that says it perfectly, I think…
Yep. That about sums it up. Because…whose team are you on anyway?
Be blessed and tell someone you love them!