Here's this week's Bible study blog entry for i.ucc:
At the end of this week's Bible reading from John 17:1-11, Jesus asks God to protect the disciples, "so that they may be one, as we are one."
So what has become of that unity? Here's what appears to be the church’s idea of unity:
We disagree about political candidates
We disagree about the historical Jesus
We disagree about wedge issues
We disagree about music styles
We disagree about worship settings
We disagree . . . we disagree . . . we disagree . . . we disagree.
What do we agree on?
Jesus gave us two most important rules:
Love God with all that you are
Love your neighbor as yourself.
I love the line from Christopher Grundy’s song, T.A.M.B.O. (that they all may be one)
Still when two or three can meet
Respecting their differences, there’s no defeat
For the realm of God has come near
Can it be that simple? Is it really more difficult? Will it ever change? What are your thoughts about church unity?