One of the things that gets my blood flowing is churches who preach a false doctrine. Christians out of all the religions across the world like to tweak and work the Bible towards an agenda. This is often common in the United States. If Jesus were to come back and take a look at the local church, he would have to say "shame on us." Do not get me wrong there are some foundations that all Christians should have.
1. Jesus is the son of God. He is the only way to salvation through repentance and accepting him as our Lord and savior. John 14:6 Romans 8:23 Ephesians 2:1-8
2. The church is a local body of broken people who come together to celebrate prayer and encourage each other with Jesus at the front. It is also the hope of the world. Acts 2:42-47 Matthew 5:14-15
3. God has commanded all of us to go to all nations and make disciples. Matthew 28
As a college minister I spend so much time having to work through false doctrine. There are so many church kids who have grown up and been exposed to condemnation and religion (Romans 8:1). There are so many people who think being a good moralistic person, and going to church on Sunday is actually carrying out the Great Commission. There are some people who think that our hope and strength is in creation rather than the creator.
What Jesus does want us to see is he is someone who brings order into chaos. Even in the church even in South (God help us), there is chaos. As Christ followers our eyes and hearts need to be on Jesus. The Holy Spirit goes beyond the religion and the make up. He goes straight to the heart. In fact the heart is deceitful and broken above all things. We at all times worship something. Jesus needs to be the center of our worship. As a fraternity man, a college minister, a Republican, I still need Jesus. Homosexuals, murderers, womanizers, Democrats, Barack Obama, we all need Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7-10, 2 Chronicles 16:9
No sin makes us different from another person. Our world and the church have a tendency to elevate certain sins. Great movements of God's kingdom are started and maintained by faithful followers. Joel Osteen the Republican/Democratic Party or even the United States do not define the kingdom of God!
Lets stop all the bickering and complaining and actually be a people eternally connected and driven by the love and hope of the gospel. That is Jesus took the penalty of death for us. Because we are by nature unable to love God.