Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won't be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. For some members of Chloe's household have told me about your arguments, dear brothers and sisters. Some of you are saying, "I am a follower of Paul." Others are saying, "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Peter, " or "I follow only Christ." Can Christ be divided into pieces? (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)For a couple of years, these verses have come up to my heart and mind constantly. Going to a Christian university and, well, pure growing up have both revealed to me all of the factions and divisions in the body of Christ. Just yesterday, I was talking to a friend about this church pitted against that church, and I have to admit, it broke my heart.
In these verses, Paul is speaking straight to us. What if he said, "Some of you are saying, "I am Baptist," or "I am Methodist," or "I am Calvinist," or "I am non-denominational"?
I understand that sometimes we legitimately believe differently. But is our Jesus different? Is our small understanding of truth that important to throw it in the face of our brothers and sisters?
I sit in religion classes where people viciously argue over Calvinism and Arminianism as if their lives depended on it. I'm not even going to tell you what I believe. Not that I don't think it's important... I just can't help but wonder if Christ wants us to argue about it? If he wants us to hate each other over it? If he somehow, under these circumstances, all of the sudden allows us to gossip about one church or one way and put down those who are in relationship with him?
I'm so interested to hear your thoughts.
I really don't believe that we should be fighting. Sin is one thing. But different ideas? Are they worth the division?
What would it be like if we lived and worked harmoniously, to be
"of one mind, united in thought and purpose?"