Unity is a reoccurring theme in the new testament. If you read through the letters of Paul, James, and John it becomes very clear that unity in the church is very important and should be a priority. Jesus even says that He wants us to be one as He and the Father are one. The God who is three is one, in perfect relationship wants us to be in perfect relationship. Was that not the design of the Garden of Eden. Before man sinned we were in relationship with God, but our sin separates us from him. God sent his son to die and through Christ restored us to our proper place. Yet, the very church that is Christ’s body appears divided. Whoever, I believe God is redeeming this.
I am not a theologian, or an expert on scripture. I am a friend of God, I love him, and follow his voice. When I was in Tokyo for my DTS (Discipleship Training School,) one of our guest speakers spent most of his week teaching about unity within the church. I had heard people talk about it before, but never with this much passion. He spoke about connections between revival and unity. Afterwards, I kind of forgot about some of what he said, but at the same time some of it stuck and has greatly influenced me. I live in Alaska, which is a massive land mass with a small population. There are so many denominations throughout the state. Interestingly enough, the church I currently attend is a Covenant Church, which really doesn’t mean much to me. In Alaska though, the Covenant Church is one of the largest denominations because of its immense outreaches to rural villages throughout Alaska. Many of its churches in Alaska partner together to send pastors and church members to each other. This amazes me!!!! Never have I seen so many people from different places working together. What if it wasn’t the Covenant Church, or the Presbyterians, or the Baptists? What if it was The Church? What is we went to make disciples of ALL NATIONS. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If a house divided can’t stand, imagine what a house united could do!!!! If we are more than conquerors in Christ, then imagine the transformation that would take place if we put our petty arguments in their place and focused our face on our first love. What if we spent more time focused on Jesus, than we spent time point out our neighbors specks? What would happen if we dealt with each other as our brothers and sisters, rather than treating them like they are afflicted? What if we dealt with issues in love and in a Godly way, rather than calling others out in the public square?
Would God transforming nations like Japan or China really look like such a big project? Jesus prayed, and one thing he asked was that it would be on earth as it is in heaven. Is that not what we need? Jesus sent the Holy Spirit when he left. He is our guide. So why do we pretend he isn’t there? God is changing the world. He is changing everything and he is using us to do it. The Kingdom of God is expanding and growing in strength. I think it is about time we join together as a family. So, stop slandering each other. Stop gossiping about one another. And start loving one another. As Christ has loved us, may we also love one another.
I would like to point out that in reference to the church, I am talking about people who are Christians. This does not include cults, or Other religions that claim to be Christian. Christ is the only way to the Father.