Importance of Christian Unity
Unity among Christians is perhaps the most important issue that the body of Christ needs to hear in our modern day. It is the fundamental element in reaching the world with the gospel before Jesus Christ returns. As the body of Christ we must get over the issues that create division within the church! If the Christian church was united it would be much better equipped to fight serious issues today that destroy our world; Issues that have slowly become worse and worse. It is my hearts ambition to see the church united in love, and working together to reaching our lost and dying world with the grace of God.
In order for Unity to take place in the body of Christ, we have to get over the divisions that separate the church. I personally think it's sad that many churches do not want to work with each other, mostly on part of some small differences in the understanding of our Bible. To my understanding there is at least one thing in the bible that can not be misunderstood, and that is that God is love! The bible did not say that God has love, but that He is love! It's because of Gods love that we have been saved in the first place, and He commands us to love our brothers and sisters. God strongly desires for us to be first untied to Christ, then God the Father through Him, and then of course each other!
Unity is power, and if Christians from all different kinds of churches came together in brotherly love it would be much easier to build the kingdom of God. It's almost as if secularism has taken over the very land that was founded on God many years ago. Recently I was visiting a city on the west coast and thousands of people were celebrating gay pride. It was on a Sunday, and I did not see the church doing anything about it. I thought to my self, "What would Jesus and the apostles do if they were here"? Or, "What can the church today do about it"? Surly if all the churches came together in a protest it would be made clear that God dose not tolerate it. Also to let them know that God loves them, and the same Jesus that saved us is there for them too, so if they chose. Otherwise, If it was not for believers in the area I am sure it would be no different when God wanted to destroy Sodom and Gomorra century's ago!
Christ is the head of the church and it is the bride of Christ, it only makes sense that we should summit to him. There are so many scriptures that talk about love and unity but my favorite is in the passage from John 17:20-23. "May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." God has impressed on my heart that unity in the body of Christ is the most important issue the church needs to hear today. May God build unity in the church and the world be reached for the glory of God, Amen!