Unity in faith
I am writing this on election day before any results are in.
These are troubling times for our nation. Whether you support the current administration or not, the divisiveness in our communities and even in our churches is right there for all to see.
That is not the way of Jesus Christ. It’s not even close.
Just before Jesus is arrested in the garden, he prays to his Father that his disciples would all be one; that they would remain unified in their belief in him and that God would protect them. (John 17)
The Apostle Paul writes frequently of unity in the body (which is the church). I Corinthians 1.10 says, “Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.”
He offered that same message of unity up to the churches in Colossae and Ephesus. What is all this unity about?
It is about loving one another as Christ loves us.
Remember that unity is not equal to uniformity.
We are all members of the body of Christ and each of us has a gift to use for the good of the body. That doesn’t mean we all do the same thing, but it means we’re all on the same team.
A team doesn’t say to its defensive players, you are evil and not worth listening to and we shouldn’t speak to you. We all know this. We all know that a team needs both offense and defense in order to win a game.
We know it about our physical bodies as well. If we stub a toe, we don’t blame the foot for not having eyes to see! We know we need eyes to see and feet to take us places and a heart to send blood to all parts and a brain to process it all and even a liver to filter out impurities! We know this.
Unity in faith means that we agree that the most important thing is to share God’s love with a hurting world; to bring light where there is darkness, comfort for those who mourn, food for those who hunger. To love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
My mother was a Democrat. My father was a Republican. They had five children: two Democrats, two Republicans, and one Independent (yeah, you guessed it – I’m the Independent.)
My parents loved each other and showed it. They never accused the other of being not worthy of love and respect.
And later this week all five of us will gather for the funeral for my sister-in-law. At that time, we will no longer be one party or the other, we will be united as a family.
That’s what Jesus is calling us to be; all God’s children, all in need of God’s grace, and all united in the faith.
Peace, blessings, and joy (PB&J)