I know many Christians don’t see eye to eye. But regardless of our creed we are one in our efforts to follow Christ Jesus to the best of our understanding—especially in deed. To me, the more we bolster one another, the more we can help our community. The more we find good in each viewpoint and support our individual spiritual growth—the better equipped we are to help the world.
the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
The power of one
By standing with each other under the one God, we can find unity. By praying together the Lord’s Prayer, which Christ gave to all who followed him, we can find strength. By loving others as Jesus loved us, and doing unto others as we’d have them do to us, we’ll find true glory—together—by blessing all.
Does this mean that we must drop all our differences? I don’t think so, because even our differences can help bolster our unity. Much like the diversity of our world — peoples, cultures, and languages — our different theological and religious view points have brought unique insights on God and His love. Through a desire for progress, each religious mutation came as result of some reasoning, searching, and reformation. Each step has brought about a purer desire to understand God better and to follow Christ in a more comprehensive way. These are God’s gifts being imparted to each of us in the way humanity needs to hear it. We all may hear Christ in a different voice, and even different languages, but God’s leading only makes us better while bringing each of us closer to Him.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
—Galatians 3:27, 28
Diversity and individuality makes us stronger
I know the changes that have come over the course of history may seem like cracks in a wall. However, each step, to me, I feel is a purification of thought. As Christians we desire to see the Kingdom of God come on earth and for each individual to find its blessing. Through our many churches, our humble lives, and our love for God and man, I think we’re each bringing this to humanity—like the diffusion of light through a crystal. As a result, differences may become more apparent. Yet these differences have also brought people a way to hear God’s voice in a way they could understand it.
And even though Christ Jesus is the way, each of us experienced a different path that led to where we are in understanding God. My experience may be different from yours, but we can find common ground through the unique ways we’re led to God. By exploiting the fact that we have differences, we can learn to be unafraid of each other, and even unafraid of those who hold entirely different beliefs. I believe out of these differences will come deeper appreciation for the way God’s infinite, eternal, light is uniquely reflected by His infinite creation.
there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
—I Corinthians 12:4-7