Church Unite Now or Never

 

John 17:20-22

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Big Tech’s reaction to last week’s violence at the Capitol building was expected and amazingly consistent to what they have been doing for years. In Orwellian fashion (see “1984”), these Tech monopolies have been censoring voices they don’t agree with. Now they have both a political party and pre-text to do so openly. Everyone who loves America thoroughly condemns the actions of people who engaged in violence last week, however, everyone also knows that this latest round of silencing is a violent assault against our 1st Amendment rights of free speech (regardless if these companies are private or not).

My greatest concern in watching these political movements unfold is the Church and always will be. It’s always all about the church and Jesus’ efforts to build it even as the devil seeks to destroy it (Matthew 16:18). To silence Americans generally will eventually become the silencing of the Church in America specifically, probably sooner than we think.

So how should the Church respond to this naked attempt to eliminate our most basic civil rights? We work hard to fulfill Jesus’ urgent prayer for his church. In what is known as his “High Priestly Prayer” Jesus asked his Father that his church be “one” even as he and the Father were (are) one. The greatest force on the planet is the unified church of Jesus Christ. It is the only organism that can staunch the flow evil in our world.

The church today, however, is severely weakened by disunity, and is so over minor theological and biblical issues. Indeed, major theological issues can, and never should be compromised, but as Paul stated flatly in Ephesians 4:5, we share the greatest unifiers of all, “One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism.” As the 6th century theologian Augustine famously put it,

“In the essentials unity, in the non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

Regardless of denominational preferences, theological persuasions, or favorite biblical positions, we need to unite, and do so before it’s too late.

Agape,

Pj

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