Last week I participated in something special and sadly unique. I spend an evening with about 15 fellow ministers and people for several churches just praying and praising God.
What made that unique? The simple fact that we were all from different Christian groups in town. What made it special? That we put aside any theological differences and “turf guarding” and just focused on God. For this boy, who has been raised in churches of Christ his entire life, that was a big uncomfortable step! Let’s face it, it’s sometimes hard to find 15 plus churches of Christ who agree with each other enough to do something like that together.
It got me to thinking. What could the church do if we moved past doctrinal differences and worked together to change our world for the cause of Christ? What would happen if I threw out the church handbook and just focused on the Book? What could we accomplish we said “enough” to the hurt in this world and worked together to bring healing?
I understand there are some key issues, that keep us from being able to work with some other groups, but by and large, we have so much in common in our love for God. I just wonder what would happen if we showed the world what Christians can do when we work together for a common cause. There are so many things we could do in the name of Christ without sacrificing doctrinal purity that never happens because church XYZ believes (fill in the blank) that has nothing to do with salvation.
Look, I know that makes some of you very uncomfortable. It makes ME uncomfortable! But the simple truth is that God wants Christians to be unified. The Corinthian church was splintered, but Paul didn’t say split and go your own ways, he said work out the differences and be faithful to God.
Christian unity isn’t as easy to figure out today as it was when the church began, but I think we need to look at what unites us as well as what divides us and see how the kingdom of God can become one kingdom again rather than a bunch of fiefdoms. God is not honored by our disunity.