The Mark of the Christian – Does Your Church Plant Have It?

We can maintain the ultimate mark of the Christian, or we can abandon and betray it. The mark of the Christian is, and always will be, love.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia in Rajasthan, India, in 1994. Credit Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, via Associated Press.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia in Rajasthan, India, in 1994. Credit Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, via Associated Press.

No, that is not Photoshopped. 

That is Scalia and Ginsburg. 

A little-known story is that once Scalia bought Ginsburg two dozen roses for her birthday. One of his clerks, knowing how divided they were on countless court cases, and how she had never given him a vote he needed on a 5-4 decision of any significance, asked him why he did it. Scalia simply said, “Some things are more important than votes.” 

When Ginsburg was asked how they did it, this is what she said: 

“We know that even though we have sharp disagreements on what the Constitution means, we have a trust. We revere the Constitution and the Court, and we want to make sure that when we leave it, it will be in as good a shape as it was when we joined the Court.” 

What if we followed suit? What if we, as Christ followers, would say:

“We know that even though we have sharp disagreements on what the Constitution means, we have a trust. We revere the body of Christ and its witness before a watching world, and we want to make sure that when we leave it, it will be in as good a shape as it was when we joined it.”

If we could, we would flesh out the one, true, real mark of the Christian faith that Jesus said would be the one thing that would arrest the attention of the world and prove that what He came to establish was real. And that one mark of the Christian has been, and will always be love.

 

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James Emery White
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, is available on Amazon. To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, visit ChurchAndCulture.org, where you can view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on Twitter @JamesEmeryWhite.