Would it not be wonderful if a hundred million listening ears would hear the rallying cry issued by CHRISTIANITY TODAY (June 9 issue) under the heading, “Somehow, Let’s Get Together!”
Possibly it can be done. At least the time for a try is upon us, and the wind is in our favor. Existing religious orders are shattering. The bankruptcy of modern religious organization is evident. On every hand there seems to be an ecumenical spirit.
When men long for unity, dramatic new dimensions of fellowship are possible. Dreams of unity are omnipresent, but the pain of working out the problems of making it a reality is so great that few will really attempt the task. The sweet fruits of unity grow on the highest limbs, and we have to climb for them.
First of all, we must recognize that division, in itself, is no sin. If it were, then any who have ever protested against the errors of apostate religion would have become sinners in their protests. This would include Martin Luther and John Wesley. All who have been forced to separate from apostate orders to preserve the New Testament message would be classed as sinners.
Division may be the result of sin, but division is not sin. Some, like Moses, would rather suffer affliction with the people of God than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. When division comes because of departure from God’s word, it is lamentable; when it comes in an attempt to depart from departure and return to New Testament teaching or pattern, it is commendable.
Perhaps this is a good time to ask just where unity can be found. It cannot be achieved by tying together conflicting ideologies in a loose federation. Nor can it be found in diversity. Unity and diversity will forever be antithetical.
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