Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pride and Unity

Our wills go astray.
Each wants his own way.
Each picks his own side.

O Lord, make us one.
May your will be done.
Burn up all our pride.

You,  Lord, make us new,
One people in you--
Draw us to your side.

So your truth will flow
And your praises grow
And spread far and wide.

...eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Ephesians 4:3 ESV)

As the rainbow's many colors make one excellent thing, so the varied people in the Lord's church make one body. We must not pursue the false unity that would bind us to every heresy that claims to be Christian, but we must pursue and preserve the true unity that comes from the Lord.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

The true unity we have in Christ has little in common with the false unity that ecumenism tries to achieve, which seems to be an administrative unity, as if we didn't already have Christ as the Head of the Church. The only true and essential doctrine is that preached by the holy apostles, especially articulated by Paul, and having as its main theme the resurrected and glorified Christ. If we could only let go of our attachment to our other doctrines and, rather than trying to define the Trinity, live the life of the Trinity, rather than trying to define exactly how we are saved, just turn to Jesus and let Him save us, perhaps we could then see how we are already really one with each other and with the Triune God, and let that true unity open to us the gates of Paradise. Thanks, brother, for this simple but honest poem.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Romanós. There is a place for systematic theology, especially for identifying heresy, but we could do with LOTS more humility.

Donald Fishgrab said...

True unity will only come when we begin to walk in the Spirit, allowing him to control our attitudes. No amount of rules or political maneuvering will ever accomplish that. Part of the fruit fo the Spirit is meekness, an attitude of not focusing on oneself.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Donald, for the comment. You're completely right, of course.