Is Unity the Mission?

Stone-CampbellThe 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.

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One response to “Is Unity the Mission?

  1. Bob Chapman

    Dwight,
    In the third line of your article you made a profound statement, “Drop the baggage that makes us separate”. How true that is.
    I was reminded of David and his battle with Goliath when I read your statement.
    1 Kings 17:22 “And David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the army, and came and saluted his brethren.”
    If we but realized we are the army of the Lord, brethren in the battle of the kingdom of God against the darkness, and leave all our baggage behind, just maybe we will begin to slay the giants of disunity and rivilary that marshall themselves against us.
    But to accomplish that, we would need to appropriate the kind of faith David did before He went into battle for the kingdom of God. His faith was in the fact that He was in covenant with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, rather than any manmade religious power unit.
    Here is what he said to his brethren when he saw their fear and disunity: 1 Kings 17:26 “And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
    We are never going see the kingdom of God as it is supposed to be if we do not believe we are in covenant with the living God and preach as John the Baptist, Jesus and the apostles preached. They preached only of the kingdom of God and its powerful overcoming of sin, not any religious movement.
    It is time to put down the baggage of our denominations and get back to preaching, “Repent! for the kingdom of God has come!”

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