THE ONE TRUE MARK
Schaeffer concludes by holding up the Samaritan as an example to us in how to love both the stranger, and those we may have differences with, within the church; and, all in such a way “that the world may be able to observe” (p. 35), and see Christ in that love.
Key statements from this section (p. 34-35):
What then shall we conclude but that as the Samaritan loved the wounded man, we as Christians are called upon to love all men as neighbors, loving them as ourselves.
This means showing love to our brother in the midst of our differences — great or small — loving our brothers when it costs us something, loving them even under times of tremendous emotional tension, loving them in a way the world can see.
In short, we are to practice and exhibit the holiness of God and the love of God, for without this we grieve the Holy Spirit.
Love — and the unity it attests to — is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father.
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