There are innumerable things in Christianity that are not the cornerstone. Let me list a few, so that you have an idea:
- The age of the universe.
- Whether the big bang is true.
- Whether Noah's flood was global or local.
- Which translation of the Bible to use.
- Whether or not (insert random famous person) is/was a Christian.
- Whether there are different roles for men and women in the church.
- Whether premillenialism, postmillenialism, or amillenialism are correct. Perhaps its something else.
- Correct church polity.
- The degree of demonic influence.
- Who the nephalim were.
- Whether I may mow my lawn on Sunday.
- Whether speaking in tongues is a gift for the church today and, if so, what it is.
- Whether modern worship music is permissible.
- Whether liberals are Christian. Or conservatives.
- Who is allowed to take communion / the Lord's Supper / the Eucharist.
- Whether all dogs go to heaven.
Admittedly, these issues can be important to a greater or lesser degree. They are worth discussing, even passionately, in an attempt to seek truth. But how often do we colossally miss the point? Often people devote themselves to drilling down into one or more of these issues, losing sight of what is most important. Let me suggest that when any of these secondary issues eclipse what is principal, we do ourselves and others a great disservice.
So, what does the Bible teach us is primary?
- Alluding to himself, he told the Pharisees, "the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." (Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17)
- This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.--Acts 4:11-12
- For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures. -1 Corinthians 15:3
- The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.- 1 Timothy 1:15
Listen, Jesus is the cornerstone of everything
related to the Christian faith. Do not become unduly distracted by secondary issues during those times when you have trouble seeing clearly the principle issue. Keep Christ your focus. He is the crux of the matter.
"Although my memory is fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior."--John Newton