Friday, August 3, 2007

Unity At What Cost?

While it is true today that many individuals in all sorts of religions are clamoring for a unified stance, the position has been taken up by many in the Evangelical circle. However, is unity what Christ called us as Christians to engage in? While it is certain that the body of Christ must be unified in order to move in the work of God (to operate as an actual “body” does), at what point does an organization, an individual church body, and a member in particular take grasp of what is before them and compare it to scripture?

If God has spoken to us these last days through His Son (Heb 1:2) and if John 1:1 (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…) and 14 (and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…) are correct (and we know they are) then it is safe for us to fully believe elsewhere in the Scriptures that Christ fully stated that He “came not to bring peace, but the sword” Matt 10:35. Let us also look at this text, “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

In other words, since the Word of God is profitable for all instruction and reproof, then we can simply deduce that when Christ spoke of not bringing peace, but a sword He was letting us know of the division to come. In fact, the next verse states that children will rise against parents and mother in law vs. daughter in law. The truth is, there is and will be little unity with those that are against what Christ is doing from those who desire see His will completed according to the scriptures. Furthermore, scriptures state that two cannot walk together unless they agree. How can we walk as Christians with those who say that the essentials are not to be worried or fussed over? Can a law-abiding officer of the peace walk alongside a known and recently reported child molester? Can he do so knowing full and well that when he leaves it will be to the demise of another child? No, he would arrest that person to keep him from doing harm to another individual. Likewise, can we as Christians have unity for the sake of unity with those who would denigrate the truth of God as a lie?

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