“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:27-28
For some reason while I was driving back from California to Washington (not a short trek) this verse popped into my head. And me being who I am I began to ponder the ramifications of this verse on the church and world of today. It seems to me that the church does a great job of dividing itself into it’s denominations. We haven’t been ‘one in Christ Jesus’ for a very long time. These divisions maybe slowly melting away, but the ‘modern’ church leader is not one to quickly cross that line. The ‘post-modern’ church is less likely to be this divided in my opinion. Even though post-modernism is not what the church stands for there are going to be church leaders that are brought up in a ‘post-modern’ society, and will have a Christian World-view, that has post-modern tendencies. From my observation these tendencies (when a true Christian World-View is held) are acted out by ignoring denominational differences. Slowly but surely I hope these differences will be ignored. I don’t know if the title, Baptists, Presbyterian, Mennonite . . . etc. will ever dissapear, and frankly I’m not sure if that part matters. We are to be a united Church in Christ.
These are really just thoughts off the top of my head. Does anyone else see this? Are any of you out there aware of the divisions? Are anyone of aware of the damage they can have on the church? Or am I just crazy?