Robert Jones in a Washington Post article says based on research by the Public Religion Research Institute, Christianity among Anglo Americans is dying. He ends the article with a stark conclusion: “There are no indicators the country will see the likes of White Christian America as a dominant cultural force again.” As usual, reasons for this bleak outlook are complex. But one reason may well be the church’s historic failure to practice the unity and oneness of the Body of Christ—a truth stressed often in Scripture. In Ephesians 2:14, Paul writes, “Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.” In 2:19 he says, “Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s people. You are members of God’s family.” Then in 3:10 he says, “God’s purpose in [uniting us] was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” Christ unites into one Body all who accept Him as Savior and Lord. It is our task to reflect that diversity in our worship and function. If we fail to do so, God may shift the work of His Spirit to somewhere else.
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