By: Steve Holt Sr.
Despite mankind’s apostasy, miscalculations, sin, evil and downright stupidity through the centuries, God has preserved a remnant of followers—called the church—on this earth. From any angle, Christendom appears divided, disconnected, inept, impotent, and incapable. But here we are, nonetheless. How would it have been different if believers had continued in the teachings and practices of the One we claim as Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Ponder these “what ifs.”
What if Jesus’s disciples had continued doing exactly what he asked them to do on his last day…make disciples?
What if the household had continued to be the center of Kingdom activity on earth rather than a centrally located building?
What if believers had continued to let the Holy Spirit guide them into “all truth” rather than a preacher, priest or rabbi?
What if the poor and disenfranchised had continued to be the focus of God’s people as they were for Jesus?
What if Jesus’s people had continued to be of “one heart and mind” after the first century ended?
What if believers had continued to “share everything they had?”
What if Jesus’s people had continued to make sure there was “no needy person among them”?
What if the church had continued to reside on the fringes of society instead of being legitimized and made the official state religion?
What if the certainty of a risen Savior had continued to be the believers’ prime motivation for following Jesus’s way all the way to death?
What if believers had continued to seek poverty, mourning, meekness, hunger, thirst, mercy, purity, peace and persecution—rather than life, liberty, happiness, fullness, independence and power?
What if God’s people had chosen lives of poverty rather than seeking to “better” themselves at the expense of the poor?
What if Christians had seen through all attempts to make their faith fashionable and chose to remain in the shadows with the alienated?
What if believers had continued to deem Jesus the one and only head of the church?
What if the Bible had not been holy-fied, idolized and standardized, but believers took Jesus’s teaching to heart and shared the gospel with only deeds?
What if believers through the ages had risen up to challenge atrocities done in the name of God?
What if believers through the ages had risen up to challenge atrocities period?
How would the world be different today if Christians had practiced the “what ifs”?
(Next time: “What if…(present)?”