READ : Romans 15:1-6
. . . so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (v. 6)
One of the mottoes of the United States is E pluribus unum – “Out of many [people], one.” In spite of the huge diversity within our nation, our founders wanted to create one society, one nation, living in harmony with each other.
I doubt if we will ever fully achieve that goal in our country. The voices are simply too disparate: liberals, conservatives; rich, poor; atheists, believers (in a variety of religions); native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, white Americans – all with different agendas. But while this may be impossible in secular society, it should be possible in the church.
Why? Because in the church we have one Savior, one God and Father, one Bible, and one vision: the salvation of the human race. While we may have differences of opinion, these should not stand in the way of relating to other Christians as members of the same family, as brothers and sisters in Christ.
To accomplish this requires give and take. It also means living so as to please our fellow believers and trying to encourage them in their faith, just as they try to encourage us.
Dear God, help me to work for unity in Christ – the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Amen.