1 Co 12:13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. KJV
The Lord is saying something significant to us in this passage that I find to be usually glossed over in many circles.
This is something that we all certainly give lip service to, but the experiential outworking is quite different.
We all admit that we are a part of the Body, and that anyone can be a part of that same Body. But, when it comes to accepting someone from the ‘outside’ into our own local fellowship, that is a different story.
There are many within the church who want that new person who was saved Saturday night to get cleaned up, get rid of their body piercings and their cigarettes and their sleeping partner before they can come to church on Sunday.
Or, there are those who look askance at someone from a different culture who dresses differently from the accepted norm.
We are all of One. We are each a part of that One.
Regardless of what we look like, or what we wear, or how we talk, each one who comes to the Lord is a part of the Body.
Nothing must change but their inward devotion to sin and their outward practice of the same.
But, many of the saints among us, especially those of a more staid bent, tend to keep their distance from the new ones coming into their midst.
Most of the changes that people look for are merely cultural and have little to do with the reality of being a Christian. For too long now, we have used our culture to inform our religion, rather than our religion informing our culture.
Will the Lord find this acceptable when we stand before Him?