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As a Christian walking through this modern world, there is perhaps one thing that brings as much, or perhaps even more, sadness to my heart, than any other failure among my Christian brethren. That one thing is the total lack of unity that I see everywhere I go, and even worse, that every unbeliever sees whenever they look at the Christians who walk among them. I can never understand how there can be so much in-fighting, so much discord, and even out-right hostility within a body of people who all claim to follow the same Individual, taking their manners and practices from the same Holy Book. If this is the picture we are to present to the world around us, then it does not surprise me at all that unbelievers want nothing to do with the faith, or those that claim to follow it.
As I have engaged in my Bible studies over the years, struggling to find, and to understand the mind of the One Who created me as best as I can, I have realized that portions of the truth are scattered here and there, with various denominations focusing almost entirely on one or two points, often to the complete neglect of other points. I admire the Pentecostal’s attention to the gift of tongues, but it was also a Pentecostal woman who fought to have me removed from teaching a Sunday school class because (and she told her children this also) I had to still be an unbeliever since I didn’t speak tongues. I’m pretty sure that piece of information would have come as quite a surprise to the apostle Paul.
Other denominations each have their own special little areas that they tend to specialize in such as the Seventh Day Adventist’s fascination with the day of Saturday. My point is simply, that almost all denominations are just mainstream Christians who for whatever reason, feel it’s necessary to be adamant about one particular teaching or another. And while there are those teachings that all Christians throughout history have had to stand up for, and fight for to the death, such as Christ’s Divinity, most of the teachings that have caused these modern day splits just aren’t that important. I consider myself to be non-denominational these days, simply because to be denominational would mean I would have to quit studying certain aspects of the Bible, or risk upsetting my pastor, or fellow congregationalists, such as the woman who managed to have me removed from teaching Sunday school because I failed to meet her description of a Spirit-filled Christian. I really don’t need that kind of drama in my life, studying the Bible is exciting enough.
But anyway, I just thought it was time again for someone to speak up and remind everyone that we refer to each other as brothers and sisters for a reason, and we really ought to be able to get along a little better than what we’re doing. There is a lot of hardship and suffering going on in this world today, and more than ever, this world needs a good, strong, unified Christian presence. Christ told us to feed the hungry, protect the weak, comfort the orphans and the widows, and so much more, and I just don’t see how we can do any of those things if we are busy fighting each other, and even worse, telling each other that because you don’t think exactly like I think, then you can’t be part of this family. So while I’m not in the best position to be doing an awful lot to change things, what I can do is offer a little poem, and hope that just maybe God will bless it enough that it might help at least a little. When I finish writing the poem, I’m going to find a Christian somewhere who has opinions a little different than mine, and I’m going to buy him/her a coffee. Hey, big things sometimes start small. And now, for the poem,…
The Seven “Ones” Of Unity
(Adapted from Ephesians 4:4-6)
You prayed into the Heavens
“Father, may they all be one,
as I Myself am One in You
and You are One in Me.” (cf.Jn.17:21)
So let us come together
Put our differences away
To be the Church for which He prayed
By which the world will find belief.
By His power we are born again
Added to the Savior’s body
Individuals of one accord
Our Head being Jesus Christ the Lord.
Other spirits we must test (cf 1Jn.4:1)
Lest we should grieve the Holy One
Third Person of the Trinity
The Spirit of the Father’s Son.
They’ve called it “high” and “holy”
They’ve called it “heavenly”
When like our Lord we’ll finally be.
Forever dwelling with Him
Nevermore to ever part
The Blessed Hope of millions
The precious hope of every heart.
Eternal Son of God in Heaven
Your willing death on Calvary’s tree
Paid the price for every sin
Brought salvation unto me
A goal I never could achieve
And certainly did not deserve
Until You shed Your precious blood
For every sinner on this Earth.
A system born of God’s own Truth
Measured by His Holy Word
Designed and nurtured by His Hand
To help us on this fallen world.
May it never be diluted
With faulty wisdoms born of men
Keep us safe from every harm
Until the Savior comes again.
Interpretations so diverse
Of the meaning of this word
Anoint with oil! Immerse in water!
Acceptance of our Holy Father.
And for the part so deep within,
To keep us safe from worldly sin,
Our hearts need always reach up higher
Baptism signified by Fire.
One God and Father..Above All..Through All..In You All (4:6)
Secret things by God revealed
His presence with us through all time
He made, He keeps, He will preserve
His children here upon this Earth.
And should they ask how this is done
We’ll tell them of this truth we’ve learned
The Heart of Christian Unity
The Blessed Holy Trinity.
I love it when I finish writing a poem and I look up and all the clouds outside have disappeared, and the sun is shining in, which for me, means that after I have that coffee I mentioned earlier, I can get some pictures taken before I start working on Sunday’s vermicomposting article. So I hope that there is also some sunshine in store for all of you this week-end, and I hope the next couple days are good ones for you. Hang in there, stay strong, and we’ll read you a little later. Until then…