“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5
The church is the most powerful body on the earth which means that we are more powerful than the governments and the rich people. However, as believers there is too much emphasis on denominations, titles and positions in the church and as result there is friction among believers and leaders in the church. Churches are also being torn apart over interpretation and application of the Bible. Some of the churches are not together on the topical issue of homosexuality, the trinity, speaking in tongues and other major and minor issues. Politics is also dividing the church as some of us are afraid to speak out on issues as we do not want to compromise our allegiance to our political parties. Some of us even use the pulpit to show our support for or against one political party causing friction with other members. Some of us are even lowering our standards in the church to accommodate the filling of our pews causing more division. God sees all of us as one, but as believers, some of us still see each other as foreigners and locals, white and black and not children of God and as a result we stick with our own.
Meanwhile while the church is divided, the enemy is busy spreading his agenda of division among believers and non-believers. However, when the church realizes the divisive position we are in and eventually unite as one, we can grow and overcome the plans of the enemy.
One Body with many Members
1 Corinthians 12:27 states that “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” Each of us as believers have different gifts and calling. Ephesians 4:11 states that “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” Now imagine if all of us can unite with our different abilities, this world will be a better place. In fact the word say these different callings is to equip the believers to build up the Church. Rather than us competing with each other, we need to complement each other and do what you were called to do.
As believers we must stick together. Start by having the Bible as your guide. Do not turn to the left or the right by diverting from the teachings of the Bible and following new doctrines and new beliefs. When you follow the Bible, you will see that God wants us to love one another, forgive one another, work with another and be in peace with one another.
No one is perfect and so from time to time we will make mistakes. However, rather than deserting our brothers and sisters when they make mistakes, be there to provide support and ensure they return to the Lord. Don’t spend your energy gossiping about the falls and faults of your brothers and sisters. Pray for them. If you hear something about your brother or sister in Christ, go look or them and tell them. Anytime someone makes a mistake, the entire body of Christ is affected which can stun the growth of the church.
I conclude with Psalms 133:1 that states Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! You see the enemy knows that “A House divided against itself cannot stand.” And therefore the enemy knows if we are united, he will not be successful in causing division, strife, jealousy, unforgiveness and animosity among us. Consequently the church will be able to live in peace with one another no matter their political affiliation, background or denomination.
Unity starts in the body of Christ. Let us lead so others can see how pleasant it is to unite and in so doing they will follow.