Present times have me reaching out for answers, as God created mankind, how is it that we as Christians in the United States of America are not connecting? Over this past weekend I had been doing some research on why as Christians that we remain divided? As the Apostle Paul states “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
Yes our Faith must always come first, we serving the Lord as Christians are all God’s children.” For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 3:35) Here lies my question, if we are truly serving the Lord how can we remain divided? “And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Matthew 3:25) How is it that we have not achieved unity? I was raised in a Christian family and received Christ as my Savior at a very young age, yet my entire life I continue to ask the same question. I am not blind to racial disparity, socio-economic class, or religious views on earth but, as a Christian I still ask how we overcome division of our Faith?
I task myself here in the state of Colorado to spread the word of the Holy Scripture to those who have not received the word of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, however, if we cannot reach out to one another as Christians and come together, can we have unity? “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)
So what is my conclusion after my research? We must look beyond our earthly opinions, misconceptions, and views including race, class, and social standing. If we indeed are truly God’s children we will abide by the greatest and most important commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37–40)
With our Faith may we reach out to one another, Church to Church, Denomination to Denomination, and Christian to Christian to give and receive……. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22–23)