Unity & Uniformity
I have seen over the past week, sites on which brothers fight over issues that should have been settled years ago.
I believe that the devil loves it when we as Christians fuss, fight, and focus on anything but the lost. God wants us to love one another (John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-19). As Christians, we should strive for unity (John 17:20-26; Eph. 4:10-16; Phil. 2:1-4.).
We must understand the Church is made up of different generations, different socio-economic backgrounds and races. We are going to have different tastes in styles of songs we like, opinions, ideas on how to do ministry, outreach, and different gifts or talents that God has given us to use for the advancement of His Kingdom. So, we must understand this-there is a difference between unity and uniformity.
So, my challenge to us as a church is the same as Paul to the church of the Ephesians in 4:2-5 "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
So how can we strive for unity? How have we confused uniformity with unity? How can we do our part to understand the difference between unity and uniformity? Is unity possible? Why or why not? What has your church done to strive for unity? What sermons should we preach to help in the cause of unity within the body? How can we get our focus off of the issues that seem so petty compared to the ONE issue-who are lost-those in need of salvation?
What do you think?
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