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?
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