Until Unity

Last week, we talked about the turbulence of our world and seeking contentment in a world of discontent.  In my view, one of things that is causing much turbulence in our world is a mentality of divergence and the polarization of ideas. People in our country and across much of the world are drifting further apart from each other, because the tend to see the world only through the window of their own ideas. Here is my over dramatic simplification of what is happening in our world. What I believe is absolutely right.  If people believe the contrary or diverge from what I think is right, then they are absolutely wrong. I believe this kind of divergent thinking and polarizing ideology is growing more and more within the Christian community.

I have found some encouragement lately in a book written by Francis Chan. He has been a pastor for over thirty years and authored several books including “Crazy Love.” This book is called “Until Unity.” The major idea of the book comes from Ephesians 4:1-6. Hear these words from the apostle Paul.

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Francis contents that many Christians who want unity don’t always value theology and holiness. Yet, God commands all three. There must be a way to end the divisions that grieve the Holy Spirit without sacrificing truth or embracing sin. As the world grows more divided, the bride of Christ (the church) should increase in love until we attain the unity that brings revival.

I have really enjoyed the book so far. I am about halfway through it. If you are interested in this stream of thought, please checkout “Until Unity” by Francis Chan. If you ever want to talk about it over a cup of coffee or better yet - a root beer, I would love that!

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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