Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Did the Father deny the prayer of Jesus?

Dan Edelen sort of asks that question today in his post Unity: A Failed Prayer of Jesus?. As Dan points out, unity was obviously very important to Jesus but it is not only not terribly important to most of the church, it is actually seen as a negative in many circles. Dan wonders if we are ignoring a grevious sin in the church....

What if disunity among Christians was the worst sin of all, since it undermines the very proof that Jesus is who He said He is and discredits the claim of God to love? Given the importance of those two bedrock beliefs in the Christian faith, how could disunity NOT be one of the most grievous of all possible sins? The perception of the character of God Himself is at stake when we are not unified, isn’t it? Doesn’t disunity within the Church even tear at the reality of the Trinity of God?

In our quest for doctrinal purity are we actually undermining one of the most foundational truths in the faith, namely that we must be unified in fact and not merely in theory? I think we all know the answer to that question. That is an important question. We are not talking here about dividing from heretics like mormons, we are talking about the actual Church, the Bride of Christ, divided up into competing fiefdoms.
The real question we need to ask is this: what are we going to do about it?

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