Ever met someone from the American south? It seems that they like to remember that the civil war happened. They like to talk about how they’re southern, and remind you that they are not a Yankee. I’m not bashin’ Southern pride, or national pride, but it is natural for us to draw lines and want to identify with a certain group of people. But if this desire for segregation finds its way in our Christian life, it can cause serious problems.
The Corinthians had this problem and Paul corrected them in 1 Corinthians 1:12. He said, Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? Paul basically said, You guys need to realize that you are all together on this. God has not called His church to be divided. God wants His people to live in unity.
How about you? Do you live in unity with the members in your church? It is easy for us to find a group of people we click with. It is easy to draw lines and separate ourselves by the pastor we like best, or the Sunday school teacher who teaches the most enjoyable lesson. We can divide our church by small disagreements on minute parts of doctrine. But all of this, is not God’s way.
God is not divided, and He does not want His church to be divided. God wants us to love one another and live as the body of Christ. Won’t you take steps to unify the believers in your church?
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12