Words from the Heart for Sunday November 22nd, 2020
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
One Body and Spirit
Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, in his attempt to promote the idea of One Canada, refused to acknowledge hyphenated Canadian identities. In a speech he once said “Canada is not ‘…a melting pot in which the individuality of each element is destroyed in order to produce a new and totally different element. It is rather a garden into which have been transplanted the hardiest and brightest flowers from many lands, each retaining in its new environment the best of the qualities for which it was loved and prized in its native land.’”
The history of the Christian Church is one of disunity and discord. Followers of Jesus have long argued over those things that separate us. Even before the Protestant Reformation, there were a variety of different denominations and expressions of the Christian faith. Since the Reformation, the division of the universal Christian Church has increased. In Ephesians 4:4-6 the Apostle Paul reminds us about those things that unite us: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” What we believe is important. It impacts the way we live. Theology is important. The Bible says that in order to be saved, we must believe that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead. That is theology. So is what Paul teaches here. In spite of the differences in theology that divide followers of Jesus, we are called to focus on those things that unite us. We are all a part of the Body of Christ, in whom the Holy Spirit dwells.
These have been words from the heart.