I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else). For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (1 Corinthians 1:10–17, NIV 1984).
My Musings -Today, it seems like more than ever, we are divided. Divided by race. Divided by party. Divided by economic status. Divided by age group. One place where this should not be is within the Church. Sadly, all too often, it just “ain’t” so. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. When we are divided “the cross of Christ [is] emptied of its power.”
My Advice – Let’s all remember that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. [We] are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of [us] were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If [we] belong to Christ, then [we] are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26–29, NIV 1984). If the world looks at the Church and sees the same things that divide the world also divides us, there is no reason for them to want to be a part of it. The power of the Gospel is lost in our division. Let’s be united.