“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in m and I am in you” – John 17:20-21 (NIV)
The growth in the numbers of churches around us today can be a good thing- more places of worship. Yet it could also be a sign of mere divisions in the body of Christ. I happen to recall well when as a young Christian at Makerere university I and other believers would freely attend a mix of churches on Sunday morning- Deliverance, Church of Uganda, Baptist, Redeemed, Presbyterian, Kampala Pentecostal etc. Later in the evening we would all come and meet in St Francis Chapel as members of Christian union because of a common faith in Jesus. Theology did not matter but Christ. What a witness that was!
Unfortunately today believers on many university campuses prefer meeting in their separate “church fellowships” emphasizing more of their theology than common faith in Jesus. Some Christian groups would not allow even their adherents to fellowship with other believers who attend churches different from theirs. It’s the proverbial turf wars.
How sad. If we think of it, is anyone ever going to enter heaven because of membership in a certain church! Are there denominational churches in heaven? Why lift our churches above Christ? May we seek to emphasize our common faith in Christ Jesus and not what divides us.
Prayer for the day: Lord Father in heaven, as a follower of Chris may our focus be on you – and not what divides the body of believers.