Have you ever noticed how great the divide is among Christians? I mean, sure, we hold to the truths that Jesus is God (at least most of us do), and we believe God is in control of the whole Universe; but have you ever stepped back to look at the lack of unity we show the world?
Jesus was pretty clear, "The world will know you are my disciples by the way you love one another." (John 13) but we're steeped in doctrinal debates, worship styles, and our own little communities. It's almost like there are thousands of small kingdoms around trying to function under the banner of one Kingdom, each thinking it's the greatest in the God's eyes.
I heard that somewhere before….
Oh yea, it was that section in the gospels when the disciples were asking, "Who will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (Matthew 18)
And Jesus answered, "“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."(Matthew 18:3-4)
Interestingly enough, I've got five of them, children that is.
I watch as my youngest sons play with their friends at the bike track.
They walk right up to total strangers and get to know them. "Hey, what's your name?" "Wanna play?" "Let's go.." And off they ride as if they've known each other their whole lives.
Why then do we continually feel the need to prove our division? Why do we have to cry out "I'm right, and this is what God says" only to forgo the beauty of the unity of the body?
I guess we're all human. We've all got flaws. We all have small dark corners in our hearts where we feel insecure unless we can be the main show. I guess our self worth is somehow tied to how many people come to the building, participate in the program, or send e-mails after the service to tell me how good the sermon was.
I don't get it.
Thousands of people are leaving the church because they're tired, worn out, and they look at the division and ask, "Is this all there is?"
What if we had a chance to show the world we could work together?
What if we locked arms to show Baptist, Bible, Lutheran, Methodist, and all the shades of house in between, we are a community of believers. We are a community decidedly focused on helping people see the goodness of God.
What would the world look like then?