God has placed a burning desire to talk about unity on my heart. A desire so great that preaching every Sunday isn’t enough. If only I had another forum where I could do that. Oh wait I have a blog. I had forgotten and I’m betting you had too.
This looks nice but do you think you could rearrange it so it looked better if I asked you to? That actually seems really simple doesn’t it. I’m going to amaze you with my ability to read your mind through the Internet. I bet most of you think it would look better like this.
What would you say if I told you that you were wrong? More importantly what do Legos have to do with unity? Be patient with me while I explain why.
See I’m convinced of three things when it comes to God’s will for our lives. One, that God’s plan is amazing and beautiful. Second, that the vast majority of believers want to see God’s will fulfilled in their lives and on this earth. Finally, we are lazy and so we will always look for a shortcut that cheapens God’s vision for the church and fails to impact the world in the way He wants.
When it comes to God’s plan for unity, I think we have found that shortcut. We know that God calls us to be unified with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We know that when we do that we become a picture of the perfect bride of Christ that we see in Revelation 21. We also know that this will be difficult but we desire to do it anyway. So we surround ourselves with brothers and sisters that look and act exactly like us. Then we pat ourselves on the back and say look at how we discovered unity together. In reality all we have discovered is homogeny.
Online dictionary.com defines homogeny as similarity of structure of individuals or parts. It elaborates that this similarity is often by race or by kind. See we live in a world where for most churches the name and the door doesn’t accurately describe who we are. We say things like, “I go to Randomsville Christian Church” when instead we should say, “I go to the all white, NIV using, casually dressed, pre-trib and pre-Millenial believing, contemporary worshipping, Christian church that just so happens to be Randomsville.”
Don’t believe me? Go to a different church for their worship service. I guarantee you will feel uncomfortable. Not because they do things wrong but because they do them different. We have conditioned ourselves to fear diversity.
We have taken God’s lofty goal of unity and replaced with the more easily attainable of goal of sameness. Our fear of diversity, of ‘differentness,’ is preventing us from obtaining real Christian unity. However if we want to live for the vision that Christ called us to then we will strive to put aside our love for homogeny and embrace diversity. We will learn to love our brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of what they look like.
I’m convinced there is a better way to display unity. I’m convinced it looks like this.