It’s an interesting time to be a Christian who is impassioned to be a part of the living body of Christ and God’s holy and universal Church. But, it is even more challenging to witness the pressure for cultural conformity to compromise the new covenant that Jesus ushered in with His life, death, and resurrection that the Church is called to live in faithfully. In His own words, Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. I would surmise a present day translation would insist that Christ came not to declare covenant living impossible, but rather to declare covenant living a necessity.
So why would there be such division and strife around personal preference and individual definitions of what is right and just when God clearly teaches us that the relief is in the covenant? Paul spoke to this new covenant for Christians and the Church to live in God’s prophetic design to prosper: He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Cor 3:6).
For a covenant to be kept, it takes the willing commitment of two or more who place the covenant as a higher priority than any other personal agendas. Thus is the dilemma for the Church all over the world as we strive to maintain the unity of spirit and witness that God commands. My friend, Bishop Scott Jones has written excellently about this dilemma and the need to stay faithful in a short article in Ministry Matters. Here is the link and I encourage you to read it as we pray for the Church to be faithful to God, one another, and to our obligation to bring hope and help in the name of Christ to all the world: http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/6882/blest-be-the-tie-that-binds?