It amazes me that we can talk about the divisions within the Christian church without the evidence of a broken heart. If the last thing our Lord prayed for with his disciples before his passion was that all who believe in him would be “one” with each other then how can we not see the scandal of our present state in the church?

Yes, I know there are reasons for divisions. I know that sin has also played a big part, probably the decisive part. But I do not understand how we can be content with things as they are if we truly read our Lord’s prayer with a teachable heart. Forget, for at least a moment, all you know about the reasons for divisions. Forget the reasons for why things happened as they did in the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Forget all you know that influences how you “hear” the Scripture and ask, “What did Jesus intend in these words and what do they mean to his followers now?”

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  1. John Metz September 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    John, does the lack of response to this post speak louder than you would like? I think this is the proverbial “sore subject.” Once you speak of disunity, you open the door to much soul searching.
    What are the blockages to real oneness? When and where do we draw the lines? How far back do we go in dropping all the things that cause or come from disunity?
    I think you know where I stand — we should drop all the unnecessary things (that does not include genuine truth)that hinder our experience of the church in a genuinely universal way. But this is not an easy thing.

  2. Nick Morgan September 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    John,
    All I can say to this post is…AMEN!!
    God bless!

  3. Bill Dillon, Shalimar, FL September 24, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Cism? — or do you mean “schism”?

  4. John H. Armstrong September 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Yes, I meant schism but an editor provided the video title and this was typed wrongly. I cannot change it so I live with the obvious error. Clearly I do know how to spell the word.

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