Recently the Supreme Court made a ruling regarding Generic versus Brand name drugs. The gist of it was that when a generic med comes to the market, the pharmacy that owns the brand name stands to lose a boat load of money once the cheaper generic version is available to the consumer.
Apparently drug companies were suing the generic drug makers trying to prevent the less expensive med on the market. The longer they can keep it off of the market, the more profits the big name company will make.
All of this at the expense of the consumer.
Wow! Big business.
We may not completely understand this convoluted business practice but I think we all understand Brand versus Generic and recognize their names…Tylenol, Motrin and in some cases we may even know their generic names…acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Some of us feel strongly about Brand versus Generic. I have friends that must have Motrin. While my husband just looks for the best buy on ibuprofen.
The rules state that generic drugs must have the same quality and performance as brand name drugs; however, some variability can and does occur.
That can be said about the abundant and various “Brand” and “Generic” Christian faiths. And when I say abundant, I truly mean plentiful, copious, expansive, over the top!! One source said there were over 41,000 Christian denominations!! I find that hard to believe. But after looking at the array of Christian churches just in my community, I am beginning to think Wikipedia is right!!
No matter how many there are, how do you identify yourself? Are you a generic or brand name Christian?
I used to feel strongly about my “Brand” name. I had to tell people what the denomination of my church was. This gave me a great sense of identity.
Now I say I’m a Christian. Who I am is in Christ and Christ alone. It is my relationship that is important, not what building I worship in on Sunday (or any other day of the week.)
Previously I had preconceived ideas about various “Brands” of Christianity. That was not fair.
We should not judge. Inside the walls of various Christian churches I have found some of the most devote followers of Christ. Places that I had unfairly assumed I would not find a true believer.
Shameful on my part. Shameful.
God places His followers in some of the most unusual places and circumstances. He has a purpose for them.
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.1 Corinthians 1:10 (ESV)
Yes, I believe we should seek a church whose doctrine aligns with our beliefs. But don’t be surprised when you attend a “Brand” that is different than yours or go to a more “Generic” church…you just may see Jesus where you least expect Him. He is everywhere.
He is in the hearts of His believers.
So if you belong to a “Brand” name or a “Generic” name…let us agree on one thing…Jesus Christ is Lord, He died, was buried and rose on the 3rd day…agree on the essentials and not get hung up on formal names.
Blessings, Susan – a ‘generic’ blessing 🙂
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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