When it comes to the subject of Christian unity, wouldn’t it be amazing if all parties would consider the examples of Jesus’ teachings and scriptures rather than to remodel secular social engineering? The one element EVERY socially liberal program is in unity on is opposition to Christ. Whether it be the U.N., the Counsel on Foreign Relations, even Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan, all attempts to make an effective dent in poverty, hunger, and famine will not work. It could be argued theologically the only way in which these secular programs stands a chance of even appearing successful is for the Church (faithful disciples of Christ) to be removed.
While it is amazing to see how the mention of one man’s name can cause so much division, it isn’t surprising. Jesus told us all about it even before He went to the Cross. In John 7, after teaching His disciples about the soon to come Holy Spirit, the scriptures say many people heard the teaching and while they agreed what He said was profound, something interesting happened. Verse 43 records “So there was a division among the people because of Him”. Not because of His interpretation of scripture, His religious affiliation, or politics – BECAUSE OF HIM! The next verse even says there were some that, if they could, would have arrested Him. And this was religious people!
In another example, there was a discourse about Jesus being the Bread of Life, again between Jesus, His disciples, and religious leaders. From John 5:35 through to John 6:66, Jesus explained that, in fact, He is what the manna in Moses’ day represented. At the conclusion of His deep teaching, verse 66 says “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him“. If Christians are supposed to work towards unity – at any costs – then why is it Christ Himself didn’t practice this? Even with some of His greatest miracles, came division, anger, even hatred (see the reaction to Lazarus coming out of the tomb after being four days dead).
The example Jesus set forth wasn’t one of getting along with everybody in order to affect change. He showed us (His disciples) how to remain separated from the worldly systems without being isolated. If Christ propagated using the world’s systems for achieving things, which is to seek human wisdom instead of seeking out God, then He wouldn’t have been executed and hated. His name today wouldn’t be deemed unconstitutional to mention or to have spelled out at Christmas time and wouldn’t cause the controversy it does. Paul, who himself was offended by the ‘radical’ teachings of Christ, later wrote that rather than to go along with the world and be liked by atheists, humanists, and all other anti-Christians who would rather us all go away, to “Come out from them and be separate, and touch not the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:17a). ‘Touch not the unclean thing” refers to Christians avoiding contact with a vain and polluted world.
So what’s it going to be? Unity and friendship with the world? Or unity and friendship with Jesus Christ? Be careful how you answer because ‘narrow is the road …”