Why do we have so much divisiveness in our church family today? We argue over our stance on and beliefs about gay marriage, women in the pulpit, dancing, drinking, condemning sin, accepting sin. It seems like some churches choose to forsake teaching from the Bible for building church rolls. Agreement seems to be a foreign word in many of our modern churches.
My new-found blogging friend, Rob Morley, has written a fascinating series called Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Divisions on his Real Life Church blog. I enjoyed it so much I asked Rob if I could share it with my readers. So, beginning next week we will look at how we can all welcome differences and avoid the divisions that confront many of us in our own churches.
Here’s the text from part One of Rob’s series. My prayer is that each of us who read this series will take home new ways of thinking about ways we can contribute to unity in our own churches.
“Exploring the possibility of real unity under one roof despite differences of opinion
Imagine if this was posted in a local newspaper:
I’m a Christian in a new Exploring city and I’m hoping to find healthy fellowship with other brothers and sisters. I would love to be with a group of people who share God’s love with each other and who cherish one another’s place in the body of Christ. An environment where everyone gets to participate and be blessed through one another’s life and gifting. A group where I would feel accepted and really listened to even if I should start thinking differently from everyone else. Not that I want to change others to think like me, but where I can really be free to be me. You know, like in a pub after a few beers ? Oh, and I would like the leaders to be real about their lives, and not above me, but next to me, like brothers and sisters. Is there any group in the city like this?
Even if not at first, this kind of hope often becomes just an illusion for many. And, they find themselves having to settle for one of the various forms of dysfunction where the group or its leaders sadly push their agendas at the expense of true fellowship and unity.
In my next post I’ll share more on this hope that I believe we all have for real fellowship.
For more great reading on a variety of important topics for all authentic followers of Jesus, visit Rob’s blog, Real Church Life.