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January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Well, I’m back and I felt it was about time to post another blog, but on what? I’ve been thinking about our new message series that is coming up this Sunday. If you can’t make it be sure to check out our website to listen. It’s called “God Cubed”. It’s a three week look into the Holy Trinity. It weird to think about the Holy Trinity. Why? Because everything you learned in math is thrown out the window. 1+1+1=1. They are three, but they are also one. I know it’s hard to wrap your brain around it. I remember reading a book on the Holy Trinity called, “Holy Trinity, Perfect Community.” It was mainly about the unity of community that is created by the Trinity. Maybe that’s why it’s hard for us to try and wrap our brains around it. As a whole, many believers have a wrong notion about Christian unity. We confuse unity with uniformity. Uniformity involves looking for little things we have in common with others, often creating a group around those commonalities. We draw distinctions between the newly created group and others who do not share these points of affinity with us, and then increasingly insisting that others be like us in order to be in our company. Don’t think it happens? Watch what happens at your next congregational meeting on a topic that could be seen as divisive, and then listen in on the meeting. You see when we do that, that is not creating Christian unity. It is creating worldly uniformity. Frankly anyone can do that. That’s why everyone is doing it. But Christian unity means embracing diversity within the will of God (See 1 Corinthians 12). Dave Browning says that “Within God’s will there is a grace for differences in personality and presentation.” And perhaps that leads us to the other reason we have a hard time wrapping our brains around Christian unity, because diversity for some doesn’t mean being unified. Can you appreciate a sermon that is preached in a style different from the one you prefer? Can you worship with a song that isn’t your favorite? If not, you may need to take some of the grace that you have for sin and apply it to style. It is a shame our churches are at this point, but in the end we need to remember that we are never told in scripture to create unity, only to maintain the unity that already exists in Christ Jesus and the Trinity. And that’s the good word for today.

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