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We’ve discussed previously that the church can and must achieve Biblical unity. As Christians, there is no dismissing that fact. However, the makeup of our churches often show us that we are unified within cultural bounds only. That is, we are unified only with those who are most like us. There may be a smattering of other cultures or races present in our churches, but any additional flavor those people may add to the local church body is overwhelmed by the majority culture.

This is simply the way things are.

How do we unify ourselves and our churches so that we become like the “Divine Us” of the Trinity.

In our first post of the series, we talked about how the Trinity has always worked in unity to establish the Kingdom of God. As image bearers of Christ and a part of that unity, we too must walk in unity the same way.

Look into most churches today during a Sunday service and you’ll see large groups of people united over their combined faith in Christ. You’ll also see, as Martin Luther King Jr. noted, a largely segregated body of believers.

Is there true unity in the body of Christ when our churches are as heavily segregated as they are?

This question is an interesting one to think about. Most of us will say that our church is united. Of course, there may be political divisions within some churches based on how the church should operate or whatnot, but the majority of us unify around Christ. In this regard, our churches seem to be unified.

Yet, how unified are we when we ignore the Vietnamese population around the corner? Or when we ignore White churches? Or when a young church ignores the elderly among them?

We are collected together in a larger body to worship Christ, yet that larger body looks just like us. We are effectively ignoring the “Divine Us” and looking only at the individual. Instead of saying, “let us,” we are saying, “let me.”

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below.

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It seems appropriate to began this month’s discussion on church unity with the question: Can the church achieve Biblical unity?

Short answer: yes. Longer answer: yes, with a lot of hard work.

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1–5, NASB)

We, as Christians, are called to love one another and be unified in Christ. When we submit ourselves to Christ, we join the “Divine Us.” We are no longer alone, but in community. This doesn’t take away our distinct personalities or individual traits, but rather absorbs us into the greater church body.

There is an inherent unity that occurs when we receive redemption. We have one Lord, one faith, one Father, and one baptism. We join together in unity when we choose to submit to Christ.

However, we must maintain that unity.

To return to the main question: Can the church achieve Biblical unity? The Apostle Paul appears to think so. Christ thinks so. The early church thinks so.

As a church body, we are nothing when we are divided. The church can and must unify. There is no other option for us. We are to become part of the “Divine Us.” This means that we must accept and champion diversity in our churches.

The church body is not monocultural, so why are our churches? We unify in theory through our one Lord, but we remain divided in praxis.

The question now isn’t: can we unify?

The question now is: how do we unify?

Read more about how Unified By One encourages diversity on our About page.

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“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” (Genesis 1:26, NASB, Emphasis Added).

In everything God does, there is unity. There was unity between the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) as they created the world, land, creatures, and humans. There was unity in the Trinity throughout the whole of Biblical times, even when there wasn’t unity among God’s people. And there is unity within the Trinity today as they continue to interact with humans and all of creation.

Despite a common discord that hinders nearly every relationship between humans, there is still the “Divine Us” of the Trinity making things happen and working towards good for all mankind.

As God said, “Let us” when creating humans; we should echo that call in all of our Kingdom work. When we minister to others, we should not do so out of an individualistic mindset, but rather out of a heart of unity founded in our love for God.

We cannot do good work for the Kingdom of God if we are divided.

As Christ said: “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25, NASB).

To be effective for the Kingdom, we must be unified. We must become like the “Divine Us” of the Trinity. In everything we do, we must say, “let us” and not “let me.”

Of course, that is easier said than done. Changing opinions and mindsets in ourselves and others will take a move of God. Over the course of this month, we’ll analyze some questions as they relate to unity and the church. How can we establish unity in the church? How do we overcome our differences? Can we even achieve Biblical unity?

This month, let us discuss these questions and others. Join us and share your thoughts.

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