I can’t quite understand why we get so silly when it comes to our differences, especially in the Church. In most other families, people try to get along with each other even when they don’t like each other. Everyone still comes together at thanksgiving dinner (even that weird uncle that everyone has) just because they’re family.
A few days ago Natalie and I had the privilege of attending a prayer night in San Diego where leaders and their communities from over 20 different churches in the San Diego area came together to declare that they would work together. They even signed a statement of unity. It was so beautiful. The word that kept coming to my mind all night was “historic”.
Short version of the Tower of Babel story from the Bible: A bunch of people set out to build a giant tower that reached the heavens to “make a name for themselves”. Then God said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, nothing would be impossible for them.” So he had to break up their party and confuse their languages.
Now, they were trying to make a name for themselves. But what if people and different church communities came together in unity to make God famous? What if people were more concerned about advancing THE Kingdom rather than their kingdom? I have a feeling that “nothing would be impossible for them.” It’s obvious why a great tactic of war is to divide the people.
“I have given them the glory You gave me that they may be one even as we are one.” ~ Jesus the Christ
Doctrine can separate truth from error, but it should never separate believer from believer. Seeing moves like the one we saw in San Diego make me hopeful. As one Pastor said to me that night: “Now it’s up to these faith communities to do the hard work and actually live what they wrote.”