Perfect Unity in Christ: You’re Doing It Wrong

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me … I pray that they will all be one … and may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

 

May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

 

When I read these words of Jesus, some of his last living words, I don’t know whether to cry and mourn or inappropriately redirect my reaction to holding my sides and laughing hysterically.

 

What is WRONG with us?  One of Jesus’ last pleas was for us to be united.  Supernaturally, focused on the goal, united.  And now look at us.  Christians are probably the most divided of all of the world religions.  And it’s petty, and it’s wrong, and it’s infuriating.

 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the disagreeing in itself that bothers me.  I’m okay with you thinking one thing or another about speaking in tongues, or predestination, or the sacraments.  But can’t we disagree peaceably?  Can’t we disagree without dividing?  Can’t we disagree without damning each other to Hell?  Can’t we disagree without usurping each others authority?

 

I am so tired of the passive-aggressiveness of it all.

 

I am so tired of the power trips.

 

I am so tired of not being supported.

 

I’m so tired of caring more about “safeguarding the doctrine” than about people.

 

We are killing our own cause, y’all. We have to stop drawing lines in the theological sand and then daring people to cross it. (And then pulling our support of them when they do)  We need, desperately, to unite in spirit while still allowing other believers to follower their own convictions and callings.

 

Because, I’ve got a news break for you.  You’re not right.  I’m not right.  None of us are fully right in our understanding of God and how to best follow Him. So quit looking down upon and ostracizing your brothers and sisters, just because they believe something different about peripheral issues.  That’s right, peripheral.

 

peripheral
-concerned with relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of the subject in question.

 

You think my writing this post was preordained from since before the world began?  You believe that you speak to God in a personal prayer language/tongue that only the spirit can understand?  You believe that the wine and bread turn into real blood and flesh when you partake of it?  You believe that a church building is holy ground?

 

 

Well, I don’t.  I disagree with all of the above.  But we can still be friends. And I’m much more concerned about what we have in common.

 

The Father, The Son, The Spirit.

 

Here’s a crazy idea, let’s tear down all of these walls that divide us, one superficial brick at a time – and dare to have unity in Christ.

 

Let’s be known for our love. At this point, what do we have to lose?

 

 -Jessica

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Comments

  1. AMEN!!!!!!!

  2. Jessica,

    I totally agree – UNITY and LOVE – that is what we should be about as Christ followers.

    You would love The Word Guild – a group of writers who have various domination backgrounds, theology and thoughts. But we agree on one thing – Jesus – crucified and risen. How awesome is our God! Read our creed.

    We write because we feel compelled to. We listen to Him because we know we should. We disagree gently and quietly (and mostly in our minds – not out loud – because LOVE is important above all and we don’t want divisions but unity) but agree solidly and strongly. Check out The Word Guild. http://www.thewordguild.com/ We are Canadian, eh! We welcome Americans. Thanks for the comment this morning. And you are moving to Canada. We have Write!Vancouver on May 26th.
    Blessings,
    Jan
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  3. Thank you
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  4. I think you make a great point, but the big roadbump comes with this question – “what is a peripheral issue?”

    The things that make me disagree with certain groups of Christians appear to me to be acts of hate. If someone acts in hate, or even without love, I cannot consider them to be Christians. I do not want any harm to come to them, but I cannot just smile and say “oh well! I guess we disagree!” and carry on.

  5. Is this the post where you threw off your chains? :-)
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  6. Of course we’re doing it wrong. That’s what happens when WE try to do it.

    When Jesus spoke his prayer he said this… “…may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”

    Our problem is we want to tear down these walls as a favor to Christ. We need to get out of the way and let Him tear them down through us. Only then will the walls fall at our feet. Surrender = Power = Unity.

  7. Well said!

  8. Wurd.
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  9. Jessica, your posts are brilliant! Please keep it up. :)

  10. Thanks for sharing your reflections and pictures with us! Greetings from a chilean lutheran! God bless you on your path! Eduardo

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