Theology is critical to a life of faith as it helps us to understand who God is better and unite with other Christians in the faith. But sadly, theology can also be one of those things that divides Christians. But why? And what do we do when we disagree theologically with one another, even about really important matters? Does it always have to end in division? Jesus invites us into a better way.
We are living in one of the most divisive times in human history, ever. Political tensions seem to be at an all-time high. Racial tensions are through the roof. Theological debates amongst Christians are raging. And then there’s COVID-19 and everyone’s opinions about it; opinions about masks, vaccines, government restrictions, and conspiracy theories just to name a few. Sadly, there is no shortage of things for us to divide over these days.
So how are followers of Jesus to live in this time of division and polarization? How are we to interact with people who are different from us or with whom we disagree, both inside and outside the Church? And how does the good news of Jesus lead us to become unity builders instead of division makers? Join us this fall as we try and find answers to these important questions.
Many Christians spend a lot of time worrying about who’s in and who’s out, but Jesus didn’t do that. Jesus didn’t play the “us verses them” game but instead created space for everybody. How can we, as followers of Jesus, become unity builders who also create space and refuse to exclude?
Just before Jesus was arrested, He spent some time in prayer for us. Prayed for us. He prayed that “they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.” (John 17:21, NLT). Clearly, unity is an issue that is very close to the heart of Jesus and something He deeply desires amongst his followers.
The question is “How”? How can we walk in unity and experience oneness? What does it look like to be UNITED in Christ, particularly during this time of polarization and division? And why does it matter?