It’s time… Time for us to come together on the things we have in common. I am talking to the Church worldwide. The idea of denominations, movements, or church networks is so anti-Jesus and anti-biblical, so why do we do it?
Seriously, when I read the prayers of Jesus shortly before he is crucified, he does not pray for us – those who trust in Him as our personal Lord and Savior – to branch of into groups based on non-essential theologies or interpretations of “non-essential” beliefs. He prayed for our unity… he prayed that we would be unified the way He and the Father God are unified.
How did we get so divided? Why did we get so divided? It comes down to the enemy’s plan becoming effective. What did the enemy do over the years? He caused us to become divided and distracted. A house divided can not make any effective progress toward anything. A distracted house does not focus on what is most important – our unity, but on how we are different and unfortunately how “we are right” and “they are not.”
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” – John 17:20-21, NIV
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12-18, NIV
We need to get beyond the differences and come together around the things we do believe that are essential to being followers of Jesus.
Let’s start the conversation around the beliefs that we all share that are essential to being the Jesus Followers we are commanded to be in Matthew 28:19-20. Here is where I go first – Let Me know your thoughts, this is the important first conversation toward a unity among the divided church of 21st century America.
- A faith that is founded on the fact that God is in control and nothing happens by chance.
- A faith that is guided by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our daily activities as well as in our own personal lives.
- A faith that believes passionately that Jesus Christ is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE life and NO ONE comes to the Father but through Him.
- A faith that believes that God’s Word is from God Himself written by men and given as a tool for teaching, revealing the darkness within us, correcting our mistakes, and training us to be true Jesus Followers.
- A faith that is dedicated to loving God with all one’s heart and loving others as you love yourself.
- Its a faith that your fellow Jesus Follower has your back in every way possible no matter the situation.
- A faith rooted in God’s love, grounded in God’s Word, and growing in relationship with Him and in community with those around you.
- Finally, its a faith that trusts no matter how good or bad circumstances may become.