Family Reunion: Brothers and Sisters

If we are all Brothers and Sisters in Christ, why don’t we act like it?  I am not talking about being nice to strangers here.  I am talking about a Family Reunion.  We, as Christians, have over 40,000 different denominations at last count.  Why?!  Are we not all one family in Christ?

Or are we acting like squabbling children?  “You don’t think that we should have modern rock music in church so I’m leaving!”  I mean, I’ve mentioned my views to some other Christians and I have been told that I should start my own church.  There’s one guy that even calls me his High Priestess of God and wondered when I will start my church, not if but when.  How is this a thing?  My views differ slightly from the norm so I need to break away and do my own thing?

But you see, it’s not about me.  It’s about God.  Maybe we should quit the sibling rivalry and think about how we can come back together.  Here’s a start.

For example, we, all Christians, believe in the Nicene Creed, right?

I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Pope John Paul the Second worked vigorously to bring the Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant churches back together.  Why?  Because as Christians we are all one faith.  Jesus wanted us not to break apart and He knew it was coming.

“Just as you have sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And it is for them that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified in truth. But I am not praying for them only, but also for those who through their word shall believe in me.  So may they all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me, and I am in you, so also may they be one in us: so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” – John 17:18 – 21

Why don’t we act like we are one?  Why aren’t we still one?  Please pray with me for unity.

“Dear God, help us to not dwell on the differences between us but strengthen us to see the unity which is You.  Help us all to grow closer together and closer to you, O Lord.  Amen.”

Peace be with you.

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