The Thing That Brings Us Unity
Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on doctrine. I’ve been exploring different people’s beliefs and why they hold them, and whether or not particular beliefs are harmful or constructive to one’s life.
And through all of this, I’ve come to realize something. Ready for this? There is no such thing as one, uniform Christian religion. No such thing. If you dig deeply enough in to the minds of others, you will eventually come to a point of contention where you interpret the Bible differently than they do and see the world around you through a different lens. In essence, we all have our own little religions, our own individual frameworks for how to pursue the heart of God. There truly is no such thing as uniformity within the body of Christ, or even within the relationship between two individual Christians!
We all come to a breaking point where we balk at rejecting or accepting a particular belief. We all have a list of “essentials” (consequently, mine is very, very small right now…and I’m not sure yet if that’s a good thing or a bad thing!) that we will defend to the death rather than admit we could be wrong, because to admit being wrong means seeing everything we hold spiritual beliefs about go crumbling into ash. I’ve been focusing on all this far too much lately—focusing on how hopeless it feels to know what to believe, when everyone around me is convinced that they know exactly how everyone ought to go about pursuing Christ.
But I’ve been focusing on the wrong thing. The thing that matters, the thing that does not create a uniform religion but rather a united one, is that second part. The part about pursuing Christ, digging deeper into relationship with our Almighty Father. We all have different ways of doing that, but in the end, it is that unity—that all-consuming drive to reside more deeply in the love of God—that no one who says they are a Christian will disagree about.
We are not uniform. We are diverse. But we, the body of Christ, can come together in this one thing. You love and desire to know God. I love and desire to know God. And in the end, isn’t that really the thing that matters the most?