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UNITY?

December 29, 2011

Greetings,

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.  For there The Lord bestows (commands) His blessing, even life forevermore.”  Psalm 133

That is one of my favorite passages of scripture.  It is short, but full of great meaning.  (Just like my best friend)  The concept of unity in the church is something that is hard to find today.  When I look for unity in the Church my view is obscured by the many denominations out there.  To denominate is to divide, which is the opposite of true unity.  Battle lines have been drawn over doctrines and the Church suffers over it, and in turn our witness to the world is constricted and damaged.  Add to this the largest division in the Church… the Clergy/Laity divide and what we have left is a far cry from any sort of unity.

I know of many housechurches and relate to dozens more that really attempt to live out the type of unity spoken of in Psalm 133.  When we come together we do so as peers and siblings in The Lord and not with any divisions and pecking orders that esteem some members over and above others.  When we gather Jesus is fully recognized as our only Head and we rely on The Holy Spirit to direct every member to speak and function as HE wills.  In this way the whole body builds itself up in love as each part  does its work. (Eph. 4:16)

Because we surrender to this type of unity every member benefits and The Lord does indeed bestow upon us His blessing.  To be able to walk in His blessing together is an awesome thing and because of this He allows us great freedom in seeking Him from a great variety of perspectives.  When you have unity converging with blessing He grants much liberty and diversity and because of this the fear of error and heresy melts away into great peace and love.  Any question can be asked when we gather and without worry of ones faith being called into question.  Because if we can’t ask the tough theological questions in an open gathering, where will they be asked, if at all?

When followers of Jesus decide to divide instead of working differences out on the threshing floor of open and free fellowship we all lose.  Jesus is supposed to be lifted up, but I say we let Him down when we chose not to unite on the simple basis of His love and sacrifice.  I fellowship with people of diverse theology all the time and when we disagree instead of walking away from one another we turn to Jesus and allow our differences to be put aside (for the time being)  for His greater purpose.  For if we agree that Jesus is our Lord and Savior… who shall separate us?

Love and……

Kirk Out !

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