By Bill Brandstatter
The recent Republican presidential
debate showed difference but equality.
Each candidate had his/her own
slant on the way things ought to be done, but they were all
united in the belief that we need a new president.
Many in the religious world believe
in unity in diversity. Some believe denominations are okay.
Diversity is the name of the game in many circles.
Some might say that all the diverse
religious groups that claim to follow Christ are all part of
the church of Christ.
The Bible talks about being
different but equal. The Bible speaks of just one church.
Christ is the head of that one church. He built it and it
should bear His name. (Mt. 16:18) It is referred to as “His
body.” (Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18) Just as Christ only had
one body while on earth, He still has only one spiritual
body. (Eph. 4:4)
Christ prayed for unity of all
believers. He said, “That they all may be one, as You,
Father, are in Me, and I in You.” (John 17:21)
The apostle Paul pleaded, “That
there be no divisions among you, that you be perfectly
joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
(1 Cor. 1:10)
There was just one church in New
Testament times. There were different congregations in
various locations. They talked and practiced the same thing.
(1 Cor.4:17; 7:17) That obviously is not the case today.
Each member was different from the
other members. So the apostle Paul reminded the church, “For
as the body is one and has many members, but all the members
of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is
Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12)
There was unity of believers in
practice and belief, but each member was different. Let us
today get back to the simple unity of the New Testament
church. God will be pleased.
– Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion church of Christ
in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through the