The religious world increasingly is filled with talk about unity, oneness, coexisting, and all that.
Unity is supposed to be a characteristic of the Church. It doesn’t take much awareness to see the humor/sadness in that statement.
In an effort to unify, the chief tactic is to water down what is believed.
The Gospel is offensive. You can’t have unity if everyone is offended. Therefore, let’s water down the Gospel til it means almost nothing. If we have nothing to be offended about then we can have unity.
That’s the human-driven approach to unity and, surprise surprise, it’s the opposite of what the Bible says.
Jesus once prayed to His Father, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Jesus wants His followers to be one just as He and the Father are one.
Perhaps, before we get to the oneness we should have with each other, each believer needs to consider carefully if he/she is one with the Father.
What does “one with the Father” even mean?
Oneness with the Father was demonstrated by the Son–“I and the Father are one.”
Right after saying this, Jesus goes on to talk about His works. What I do reveals the Father, because I do what the Father wants me to do.
Being one with the Father means doing what the Father wants you to do. Jesus did as His father wanted Him to do and said what His Father wanted Him to say.
The reason there is not unity among believers is because many “believers” are not one with the Father as Jesus is one with the Father.
Before forcing unity on a group, each individual needs to check their own unity with the Father through the Son first.
If all believers lived the life of Christ, unity would take care of itself.