“The same glory you gave me, I gave them, so they’ll be as unified and together as we are–I in them and you in me.” John 17:20
Often I hear the voice of judgment and accusations from Christians who say some “Christians” are not really Christians because of their worship style, social choices, and, yes, even their political views. Some theologians will even try to influence which translations of the Bible should be avoided because it doesn’t meet their standards. Jesus’ lengthy prayer in John, Chapter 17, specifically asked for one thing: Unity for his disciples.
Jesus wanted the disciples to become one heart and one mind in order to become his eyes, ears, and mouth after he left Earth. He wanted them to be “mature in this oneness” (vs. 23), not to become theology majors. The disciples were given the awesome, yet simple task to help others know God’s love through Jesus and the love Jesus had for them. As believers, we too are disciples and are challenged to share the love of God, not to argue over our perception of what is true.
Some might say I over-simplify my faith because I don’t see it as being that complicated. Nor, do I choose to spend precious time defending my “Christianity.” I sum it up this way: God created. Man screwed up. God sent Jesus to show the way. Jesus died to save me from my sins. He rose from the grave and ascended back to the Father to make a place for me–when the time is right.
Dear Lord, help us move forward together as your disciples to share the Good News. Amen.