“Be United” ( 1 Corinthians 1:10, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Paul
Paul (Photo credit: Missional Volunteer)

Paul writes to the church at Corinth – and to us:

“Now I urge you, brothers, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction.”

Obviously Paul is aware of differences of opinions among Christians; after all, he himself disagrees with Peter and does so openly in regards to following Jewish customs such as requiring circumcision and avoiding certain foods and celebrating special days and so on. The unity Paul urges Christians to have is a fundamental coming together under the headship of Christ. We are to have in common “the same understanding and the same conviction” when it comes to the Lord and our relationship with Him.

Unfortunately since Jesus ascended into heaven, divisions continue to blossom like  yellow weeds and then to spread like dead dandelions, splitting out into and carried by the wind.

The organized church is decadent and dysfunctional.

But what of the Church? What of the Body of Christ? Is the Church divided? What are the basic tenets of Christianity? And, do Christians — i.e. the Church — see eye to eye on these tenets? If so, then what are we fighting over? And, why? If not, then why not? Why is the Church incapable of having a common understanding and the same conviction regarding the Lord?

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Susie, Humanity777, and 7tHeaven. Blessings!

  2. Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

    Hello Carley! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I have been blessed by your blog and wanted to share it with others so they will be too.
    http://joequatronejr.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/versatile-blogger-award

    1. lambskinny says:

      Thanks Joe. I appreciate your nomination! Did you know that I administrate the http://VersatileBloggerAward.wordpress.com site? Yep yep.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks “My Broom” — blessings!

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Julie.

  5. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Jeff. Blessings.

  6. mtsweat says:

    The Lord laid this on your heart about the same time I posted something similar at CB, Carley! I am intrigued by Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 15:3) to find unity in the urgent things. He told the Roman church, there’s a time to say, “who cares (Romans 14)?” To the Galatians, he declared “This is foundational and you must believe it! You can’t be a Christian and believe that!” But he summed everything thing up to the Corinthian believers… “Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures!” There’s our unity! Regardless of all our differences, according to Scripture… we find our unity in the finished work of Christ! God bless, good friend.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Amen, Michael. Thanks so much!

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