I suppose if we’re all to be honest, there are many people these days finding themselves on all fours crawling around the Internet and looking for love. This is sadly true even of Christians! Christians are often looking for people who are much like themselves as the sad fact fact also is that there are so many differences even amongst Christians, and further to this sad fact is, when you see someone who is like yourself or is even an apparent member of the same group and gathering as yourself and so you follow through and do as St Paul said to do (and what you yourself really want to do) and that is to “Greet one another with an Holy (pure) kiss (give and receive love)” – particularly if they are a
member of your own group and gathering – then too often the whole thing falls flat and stops in its tracks right there and you are left standing with your heart in your hand and emptiness in your soul and a strong sense of rejection and that horrible outcast feeling and of course the mind finds itself spinning and wondering “was it something I said or didn’t say?” Or if we’re to be really honest, then quite possibly I appeared as too hungry and they maybe found my hunger too much to deal with and then you might think, “Well, these are troubled times and everyone finds they have to keep that certain distance as we all don’t know just who we could be getting tangled up with if we’re not careful these days!” (a problem we all have of course!)
Anyway, St Paul used this “Greeting one another with an Holy kiss” line of talk on four different occasions. In Romans 16:16 he says, “Salute one another with an holy kiss” – so our Holy kiss can also be a form of saluting one another. So here we all are, the army of Christ, and just like any good army on earth we are in the same sense meant to salute one another. Well, if we’re to be absolutely honest, Jesus also said that the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light in that they most diligently salute one another, and in the worldly sense, there are many many groups and gatherings all in this same sense saluting one another when they see or meet others like themselves so in this respect you would have to say that Jesus was right “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” – they are more diligent to do this and people see in these groups and gatherings a sense of brotherhood and even “Family” which is what most people are really looking for – some kind of brotherhood of man, some kind of family of man, somewhere where they really truly belong, where they feel in the middle of things, where they feel that they are in the thick of things, where people welcome each other in with a Holy kiss as Paul said and even Peter said “Greet ye one another with a kiss of love.” (1 Peter 5:14).
Woman giving Jesus a kiss of Love
St Paul also said in 1 Thessalonians 5:26 “Greet ALL the brethren with an holy kiss.” I wonder how many people pass their very brethren by these days and don’t at least salute them or even acknowledge their very presence? I think people are frightened nowadays and they also have a class system in mind and often they are as St James said:
“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye then not partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” (James 2:1-4).
So it would appear also by what St James said that many churches these days have got themselves on a high-horse and class systems have set in to many many churches. There is envy and strife and as St James also said, “For where envying and strife is (competition & contention) there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16) – so in other words, the churches have become just like the world – enter in if you dare! So just what are we all to do about it? Well, we could a least:
“Salute one other with an holy kiss” (Romans 16:16)
“Greet ALL the brethren with an holy kiss” (1 Thessalonians 5:26)
“Greet ye one another with a kiss of love” (1 Peter 5:14)