Continued from here.
I know a lot of people have issues with the Catholic Church, but one thing it does very well is remain unified. Despite the Protestants splitting off and weathering various scandals over the years, the Catholic Church remains one unified Church all over the world. I’m not claiming that it’s perfect (and I’m not a Catholic myself), but the Protestant church could learn from the Catholic Church’s example of unity. The same holds true for the unity among the Eastern Orthodox Church as well.
Regardless of how we choose to baptize … or which day of the week we hold worship services … or our beliefs regarding the Lord’s Supper, we are One Body. God doesn’t have a separate Heaven for Baptist, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, etc. We do the cause of Christ much harm when we refuse to get along as we communicate to the world that it’s our way or the highway.
Imagine what how the world might see the Church differently if we were unified. I get a taste of this as I lead an interdenominational & interracial prison ministry. Because it’s interdenominational, we leave the differences at the door. All that matters is that we are Christians working together to share Christ’s love with inmates. I don’t care what day of the week you worship or whether you were “sprinkled” or “immersed” when you were baptized. Do you have a relationship with God through Jesus? That’s all you need to participate in this ministry. How might the Church transform worldwide if we kept things that simple?
Why did Jesus emphasize unity? Because only God can take people who are very different from one another and teach them how to work together in harmony. Think about the disciples, such as Simon the Zealot having to work alongside Matthew the tax collector! Jesus’ disciples were very different from one another, and yet they carried his message and changed the world IN UNITY! If we, as a Church, would stop worrying so much about “being right” and shifted our focus to being unified, we would have the same results!
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace having a group hug. Courtesy Bitmoji.]