We begin the fourth chapter of Ephesians with a call for Christian unity:
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. -Ephesians 4:1-3, NAB
Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” This quote helped to launch his political career, but it is actually a reference to Mark 3:25. Lincoln understood that the continued success of the nation depended on our ability to act in unity.
Unfortunately, we, as Christians, are divided into a number of denominations and beliefs, and it weakens the efforts of the Church. However, we do not need to let our differences stop us from coming together in unity.
Although we may differ in a number of our beliefs, we must recognize that we at least have one thing in common: faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith, love, and devotion to Him are the central aspects of Christian unity; they bind us together.
Whether we are Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, or non-denominational, we are all Christians. Christ came to save us all, and He calls each of us to share that message with the world. Together, there are over 2 billion Christians in the world – imagine the impact we would have if we could come back together again!
Christians may be divided in a number of denominations, but through Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit, we can share one voice in Christian unity. We can proclaim one Gospel, one King, and one Savior to a world that desperately needs Him.
NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings. Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).