The Restoration Movement (aka Stone-Campbell Movement) arose out of a desire to achieve unity among believers in Jesus Christ. Drop the baggage that makes us separate and, bingo! Unity! It never really worked very well because people love their denominations more than they love unity. It was a noble cause driven by noble minds but it was misguided (I know I’m getting in hot water here). Jesus prayed for his followers to be one (John 17) and Paul chastised the Corinthians for their division (I Corinthians 1) but our mission is making disciples (you know the passages) not unifying those who would rather be divided. It is vanity and a striving after wind.
Thank God there are other things to do! Jesus commands us to make disciples. We accomplish that when we communicate (proclaim and model) the good news about Him. Yes, it is just that simple. Maybe that’s why his followers keep missing the point.
And here’s the surprise bonus: if we simply do what Jesus did, unity happens.