Also from Alan and a troubling post for me, They Can't Understand Our Division. One thing Alan spoke with the Christians he visited in Ethiopia that they simply didn't understand was the division in the church in America, that Christians who live near one another and go to church a block apart have very little to do with one another.
One of the things that the Ethiopian that I talked to could not understand is the amount of division among the church in America and the Western world.
I told them that some neighbors who are part of different churches have very little or even no fellowship with one another. And they just shook their heads… they couldn’t understand it.
I told them that church buildings might be located directly beside or across the street from one another, but the people who meet in each building may have very little or no interaction with one another. And they just shook their heads… they couldn’t understand it.
I told them that churches in the same city and often of the same denomination will not work together to proclaim the gospel and serve the people of their community. And they just shook their heads… they couldn’t understand it.
Why do we accept this kind of division in the body of Christ?
Maybe our Ethiopian brothers understand something we don't, that "my church" and "your church" is not a unified and biblical reflection of His church.