The Christian Cannibal

The Bible presents the possibility of Christian cannibalism:

For you brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!” (Galatians 5:13-15, NKJV).

Of course, the author of this passage writes figuratively, yet the imagery is horrifying, and horrifying can be the injustices Christians inflict upon Christians, and the injustices tend to occur on a routine basis.

So routine are these acts that the the church and its flock are numbed to their occurrences, but they are noticed by people outside the church and they are repulsed – turned off to Christians and, regrettably, Christianity and the person of Jesus.

Love is put forth as the antidote to the scourge of Christian cannibalism in Galatians, and in I Corinthians the 13th chapter vv 4 – 8 love is described, it:

  • suffers long,
  • is kind,
  • does not envy,
  • does not parade itself,
  • is not puffed up,
  • does not behave rudely,
  • does not seek its own,
  • is not provoked,
  • thinks no evil,
  • does not rejoice in iniquity,
  • rejoices in the truth,
  • bears all things,
  • believes all things,
  • hopes all things,
  • endures all things, and
  • never fails.

Better for Christians to feast on the attributes of Christ-like love than one another.






About drjstewart

Christian, husband, father, educator, writer, and photographer.
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