Unity? We Are One In Christ!
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) 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 in all 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 extremely difficult to find these days. When I look for unity in the “Church” my view is obscured by the mass variety of denominations out there. To denominate means to divide, which is the opposite of true unity. Battle lines have been drawn over doctrines and practices 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 true unity.
I know of many relationship based 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 mutual 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 massive variety of perspectives. When you have unity converging with blessing… He then grants us much liberty and diversity and because of this the fear of error and heresy melts away into great peace and love. Any possible question can be asked when we gather together and without worry of one’s faith being called into question. Because if we can’t ask the tough theological and practical questions in an open, free and Spirit led gathering, where will they ever be asked, if at all?
When followers of Jesus decide to divide instead of working all their 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 great love and ultimate sacrifice. I fellowship with people of diverse theology all the time and when we disagree instead of walking away from one another, together 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?
Kirk Out !