Christ is the center of our faith. Our Church is the center Christ. It is divisions between church bodies, races, backgrounds, educational levels, incomes, political affiliation.
Christ there is no north or south, no east or west.
1 Corinthians 1:10
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”
Corinthians is both descriptive and prescriptive. Everything becomes political and therefore able to be manipulated. We have to shade truth for political advantage. We have an institutional political correctness which above forbids anyone to “rock the boat.”
Church is made up of people with all their faults and shortcomings and we don’t check our sinful nature when we enter the church door. We must never be satisfied with things as they are, but must work and pray for things as they should be.
Furthermore, St. Paul is begging people to set aside their grudges and grievances and live out their faith in unity.
We are therefore called to be one with Christ and with each other. To be closer to the Lord means that we will draw nearer to each other; to draw closer to our fellow believers means that we have come nearer to the Lord.
As we look to Christ and not our own opinions, we will come closer to each other. Likeness of mind will produce a common purpose which is to witness to the world of the love and power of Christ.
The unity of the Church is not only God-pleasing in itself. The unity of the Church results in mission to a world longing for truth, forgiveness, meaning and salvation.
We are one in Christ through faith; we are one with each other since we have One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism. If we come together in one mind and one purpose, we can truly become the people God.