It Could Happen, Probably Not, But It Could​


One Saturday recently I was asked to attend an event that was sponsored by Church Women United. I have heard of these women and this group, but have never attended any of their programs nor did I know too much about them. Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. In other words these are a group of women who come together and work in unity to accomplish God’s will. They set aside their differences in theology, their social statuses and their race and work together to promote peace and justice. Isn’t that pretty cool?

I am sure that with as many different religions, cultures, and races involved there are some difficulties, but they are willing to work together for the good of all. I am sure they don’t leave their differences at the door, but they also don’t let those differences hinder them from doing the work they are called to do. Now I am not here to endorse them or to encourage you to participate. What I want to do is for you to stop and think some things through with me.

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8 I don’t know if these women have a certain scripture they live by or not, but I would think this is one that could easily be adopted into their gatherings. We are called to be in unity with one another. We are called to have sympathy for one another, to love each other and to have a tender heart. We are to have a humble mind.

As I was reflecting on this I began to think about my community and other local communities. How many times do we as churches of different denominations spend our time arguing with one another about doctrine? We have churches that are competing against one another to see who can grow to become the biggest or the best. We have churches that are striving to be mega churches. Shouldn’t we be more concerned with reaching souls for Christ instead of seeing how many we can get in church each Sunday? We have churches that won’t step into each other’s church just because it wouldn’t be right.

We also have organizations in our communities that instead of working together to fight hunger or help with finances of those who are struggling are fighting to see which group can get the biggest slap on the back. They are more concerned with getting their name in the spotlight than they are helping those they were called to help in the first place.

We can even take this into our local churches. We have men and women who are competing constantly to try to outdo the others so people will look at them and admire them. It’s like a constant competition to see whose name appears more in the newsletter as doing something great as it is just working for God. We have people arguing about the color of carpet or whatever the latest argument is instead of working together for the good of those outside the church.

We are called to be united, to love one another and to be of one mind. We are to set our differences aside and work together in Christ. I love the Emmaus Community. This is a group of people both men and women made up of different denominations that come together one night a month and worship God. For one night we set aside our differences and we come together and find brotherly love in one another. There is no arguing about doctrine; just people loving one another.

I was involved in what we called the Ministerial Association back home in Indiana. This was a group of ministers made up from all the different churches and denominations in my home town. They worked together and often celebrated worship together a few times out of the year. I believe it was during the Lenten Season the churches would come together and every Wednesday during Lent we had services at each of the churches that were involved. We had Nazarenes, Baptists, Catholics, Methodists and maybe some Pentecostal churches. I was involved with a lot of these churches. Once a year we would come together and often we would join and have Bible School together. They set their differences aside and worked together to promote Christ and to work together for the good of the community. One of my dearest friends was a Baptist minister. We still chat every now and then. I didn’t define them by their denominations I defined them as my brothers and sisters in Christ.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 Wouldn’t it be great if we could put aside our denominations and just be one in Christ? Wouldn’t it be great if we all worked together to get rid of poverty, hunger and social injustices? If we spent as much time working together on these things as we do arguing over which denomination is supreme we wouldn’t have these problems in our society.

“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 As the old saying goes, I don’t think when we get to Heaven there will be a place for each denominations. I think we won’t be able to tell the Catholics from the Methodists or the Lutherans from the Baptists and so on. I think we will see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Why shouldn’t we practice that here on earth?

I would love to see all those organizations that claim to want to help people come together and work together. Let’s join in union with one another and work on solutions to make life better for those who are having difficulties. Let’s set aside our egos and work on creating a better world for our neighbors.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 Just think what would happen if those outside of the church began to see us all work together, come together and love one another. What kind of a witness would they see if we all came together and begin to work on solutions to our problems? If we truly set aside our differences, our denominations, our races and see each other as a brother or sister in Christ we could accomplish so much more than what we do. It certainly would show the world we belong to the family of God.

I know I am a Pollyanna thinker. I know this is not possible, but with God all things are possible right? I do believe each of us could work a little harder in making our community one in Christ. I believe God doesn’t want a community of churches; He wants a community of believers working together through His love for the good of all people and to accomplish those problems we have today.

What are you willing to do to make this a reality? What can you do to make your community a community of believers and not a community of churches?

“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” Ephesians 4:4-6

Dear God: Help me to see others and not define them by their denomination, or status, or race or by any other means. Help me to see them as brothers and sisters in Christ sharing one Father; You. Help me to work together with those who may be different than me yet willing to help solve problems. Let us be in the spirit of unity and oneness. Let us set aside our differences come together in love so we can solve problems for those whom you have called us to help. If we could come together and love one another the world would see us as Christians who care, love and work together. What a witness that would be. Work throughout our community to make us a community of believers and not just a community of churches. In all these things I pray. Amen.


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