All different, and all one.

‘You together are Christ’s body’ (1 Cor 12) In society today and in the Church today there are many divisions. Political divisions, faith divisions, liberal/conservative divisions, north/south divisions and many many more. The problem with these divisions is not that we are different, or that we have different beliefs and ideas, the problem is that we think that we are right and everyone else is wrong. I know a lot of people who think that they are always right. In fact, I am one of them.

To make matters worse, we want to prove others wrong and prove ourselves right, this is often a gut reaction. But in order to find the fulness of truth, we have to listen to each other, as well as stating our own position. So easy to say, not always easy to do. In fact, if we are Christians, we need each other even more, because in order to be the body of Christ, we have to be united with all Christians. In baptism we are already members of one body, the body of Christ. It is so easy to exagerate our differences and use the ‘errors’ of the other to justify our agression, unkindness or judgement of others.

Personally, I think that the Church will only flourish in our time when we are united in love. Jesus himself said that a household divided against itself cannot stand. God is greater than our differences, greater than we can imagine.

St Paul comments on these themes in 1 Corinthians 12:12 onwards,

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2 thoughts on “All different, and all one.

  1. I woke last night & was praying for a few folk. For some reason I tried to imagine myself in each person’s mind. It was terrifying! Not that their minds were wrong, or horrible in any way. But it was the unfamiliarity of somebody else’s experiences and way of thinking. Perhaps it is okay to work at “being right”, but the mistake can be to assume therefore that everyone who thinks differently is WRONG, to try to prove them wrong to confirm our rightness. Perhaps there are many different versions of “being right”?
    God is with us x


  2. Hi Rachel, thanks for your thought – provoking comment. I like the idea that there are many ways to be right.


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