The Body of Christ has been fragmented into different sects and denominations for centuries. It appears that the divisiveness continues to increase with each generation. As the unbelieving world looks at us, it is able to demonstrate more unity in its hatred of our culture than we can demonstrate unity amongst ourselves in what we believe. It, then, becomes difficult to present a Gospel of reconciliation when we cannot be reconciled amongst ourselves.
Jesus interceded on our behalf in John 17, when He said,
“…Neither pray I for these alone (the disciples), but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent me. And the glory which Thou gravest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” (vv. 20-23).
Jesus knew the importance of the need for solidarity within the Body of believers. If the world was presented with a fractured version of the Church, then in what would they be able to place their hope? A fractured Church means that its Lord and Savior was powerless to hold them together, and that there is more security in their current way of life. Although we know this is not the truth, it is the truth as viewed from a post-modernistic perspective.
When the Church is failing to present a message of hope and reconciliation, we must revisit the lessons from the Word. It no longer becomes a matter of who is right and who is wrong. It becomes a matter of what has been provided within the framework of the Word, and who is willing to lay aside all manner of differences in order to reach the lost and dying souls within the world with the truth of the Gospel.
There is strength in unity. There is victory over the power of the enemy when we can come together to promote the cause of Christ instead of allowing the enemy to continue to divide us.