What A Man Says
Have you ever noticed that no matter what, when people are involved in something, there is always some amount of disagreement and conflict. It seems that everyone has an opinion on how things should be done and sometimes, people can have pretty strong opinions about their feelings. This is true in the Body of Christ as well. In fact, even though Jesus prayed for us to be one just as He and the Father are one, there is so much division in the church today that is hard to even keep up with the number of denominations and branches. Denominations and divisions are never what Christ desired for His Body.
The Bible tells us that the enemy walks around like a lion seeing who he can devour. He comes to kill, steal from, and destroy those who profess the name of Jesus. I am convinced that one of the ways that he has done this throughout history is by dividing believers. And I believe that it is clear that we as the church of Jesus have fallen victim to this tactic more than most would want to admit. Social media is full of believers attacking other believers and staring arguments. Churches, the places where Jesus said we are to love each other like Christ loved the church, turn into arenas for debates and taking sides. And you don’t even think about seeing believers from different churches coming together in fellowship. That is completely unacceptable!
My wife and I were recently blessed with the opportunity to serve at an event for men which sought to bring together men from all the local churches to pray together, praise the Lord together, and hear powerful and Biblical teaching and encouragement. The organizers, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, visited every church they could locate. Dozens and dozens and dozens of churches. They talked with just as many pastors and ministry leaders. They send out flyers, advertised on local radio and media, and launched a social media campaign. The outcome was that fewer than thirty people attended the event. The number one reason that church leaders and pastors gave as to why they did not allow the announcement to be made in their church was that they already had something for men at their church and therefore were not interested.
The time is coming, and in many ways is already here, in which we the Church, the Body of Christ, are going to need to come together in unity. We must no longer operate in our safe, comfortable, and separate spaces. We are called to be one, just as Jesus and the Father are one. We must break down the barriers and realize that we all belong to Christ, not to individual churches or leaders. It is all about Him! Are you ready to come together in unity as the Body of Christ?