Josh is a student at Roberts Wesleyan College, graduating Spring of 2023. Josh is majoring in Adolescent Education, specializing in social studies, also minoring in music. He has played the piano for a little over ten years now. He wants to teach piano lessons on the side of being a high school social studies teacher. Josh has a passion for spreading God’s Word and was excited when he heard about this journal. Josh grew up in a small town called Lowville, New York, roughly three hours northeast of Rochester. He is also interested in mission work later in his life; wherever God leads Josh, He’ll go.
“God wants unity in His Church above all else; without unity, there is disunity; this will only lead to the church’s downfall.”
How can we unite in the age of different Christian ideologies? How does God want us to interact with our fellow believers, even when we might really disagree doctrinally?
People may have different ideologies and perceptions of what God’s purpose truly is regarding the words and interpretation of the Bible. We realize these different perceptions of the Bible are only differing in opinions, not merely denouncing God. Everyone on this campus has differing opinions and doctrinal views. This is great, but it can bring about some conflict if we do not consider the opposing side. We shouldn’t let others’ beliefs dictate how we interact with them and let our prejudices seep in the way of our moral judgment. We should focus on the fundamental idea to unite as the Christian Church and as a Christian body.
The Church as a whole is in one respect God’s way of getting people to build a growing relationship with Him. The characteristic of having a fruitful relationship with our Father starts with the church body. God established the church for His people to find common ground and seek Him above all else. God wants unity in His Church above all else; without unity, there is disunity; this will only lead to the church’s downfall. When God brought the Holy Spirit down on the Galileans who were there to celebrate Pentecost, unity in the Spirit was shown.
The Holy Spirit was present in every individual when they celebrated Pentecost and Peter realized what was truly happening. When the onlookers thought the people in the meeting were drunk, they only looked at the situation from an earthly perspective. We, as Christians, have to realize that the Holy Spirit works in each one of us differently. When we talk about God to our friends who are not Christian, all the believers should act as though we are united under one Faith, not under our differences. If we do not do this, the non-believer will call out our hypocrisy and have a hard time turning to the Lord because of the hypocrisy they saw.
“This planting of our viewpoints will help show us our differences, and we will work together to see the other side of where we stand.”
It seems like we as college students can sow unity through our campus by instilling positive messages from the Bible to our fellow believers in Christ. This planting of our viewpoints will help show us our differences, and we will work together to see the other side of where we stand. Unity in Christ is what God wants, and disunity of God’s people is what Satan wants. Straying away from where God wants us as a Church is what Satan wants. These disagreements in the Church will only bring denominational conflicts. God wants to know us and have a relationship with us; He doesn’t want us to fight over the little things.