During the past several years much has been made of divisions in America. We have talked Red States vs. Blue States, Wall St. vs. Main St., and every other generation vs. millennials, in an effort to measure the divides. Those divisions have also overwhelmed the church through out the years. Think about it: have you ever heard an evening newscast describing a united Christian viewpoint on any subject or issue? In all probably, you have not. So, is the church providing a credible witness to the world of what Jesus did and hoped for the church to do?
Ask yourself: Could a more united and persuasive Christian point of view be presented to the world if groups of different ethnic groups were walking, working and worshiping God together as one, living Sunday to Sunday as part of one local church, sitting side by side in the same pews, listening to the same sermon, learning from and communicating well with one another in a spirit of brotherly love and mutual respect?
In all reality, as Christians we are meant to provide a more reasoned peace in the midst of contentious debate, and show the world a more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31). In all reality we will think different than many people, but we can focus on those points of connection rather in those details that divide us. It is vital to remember that our primary point of connection is the Gospel.
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