Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like the world is getting to a place where the first response to almost any situation is division rather than dialogue. Do you feel that, too?
Division over politics. Division over theology. Division over…I’m going there…COVID. Right now, at Trinity, the whole COVID conversation still has the potential to cause some serious division in our midst if we’re not really careful.
It’s pretty intense.
That’s why today, I recommend Francis Chan’s book “Until Unity.”
In the book Chan reminds us that we “are currently the most divided faith group on earth, and there isn’t a close second” (p. 16). He exhorts us to “stop thinking that our primary duty toward our fellow believers is to critique them. It’s not” (p. 17). With strong words, he then explains why our dismissive attitude is dangerous:
1) God is disgusted with it.
2) The world is confused by it.
3) It could be evidence that the Holy Spirit is not in us (p.17).
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that there is a Spirit-filled, God-honouring alternative: unity in Christ.
“Until Unity” is packed with wisdom for pursuing a unified life. Chapter 7, 8, and the concluding comments alone make the book great value in my opinion. The rest is a bonus!
If you’re anything like me, the book might make you flinch with conviction at least once or twice, but that’s probably a good indicator that it’s the sort of book we need to read in order to draw nearer to who God is calling us to be, right?
Check out “Until Unity” by Francis Chan. You won’t regret it!