John 17: 22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
I was listening to a Francis Chan sermon today as I was doing kitchen work, and he was speaking on this verse. Perfected in unity… so that we can be a witness that God sent Jesus, and that He loves us.
Are we unified? No, not really.
But then again, there’s a tie – a tie that CS Lewis spoke of in Mere Christianity. When I get together with Scott, or Chris, or Elspeth or Cassie or Fiberaddict – I know they love Jesus. We have theological differences, some of which are pretty big. But they’ll go to the wall for our King.
Stuff’s about to go down. I don’t know when, I don’t know how, I don’t even know if we’ll still be here or get airlifted out first. But the signs of soon-persecution for the Church are there for anyone to see. If you’ve ever opened a history book, and then open a newspaper…
Chan was asking what it would take to get us unified, what it would take for God to answer Jesus’ prayer… I’m afraid I know all too well. Exactly the same thing that it took in the early days of the Church.
But what about the meantime?
In the meantime… as far as I’m concerned, we’re all on the same team. We might quarrel and debate – but we’re family. Sometimes maybe we need someone to remind us of that, to not pull sister’s hair too hard or put ipecac in brother’s gatorade.
There are a lot of liberal Christians, people who say they love Jesus and don’t walk the walk. Who, put to the test, don’t really believe Bible, they’d rather follow the World. I keep hoping those distant cousins will step up and come to the truth of our faith – there’s room at the table. But I figure Dr. McGee was right – no one hates more bitterly than someone who’s turned their face from what’s right and has a reminder of what they’ve lost in consequence.
Truth will out.
And in the meantime – hey guys, remember that we’re all part of the body of Christ, and that He has stated that He wants us to be in unity, unity that might bring more folks into the fold and save them from hellfire.
Isn’t that why we’re still here?