Divisiveness

church splitI recently ministered at a church in another state. While I was there, two different people told me about something that happened at the church a few decades ago. It seems there was some infighting, factions at odds with one another within the congregation. While this bickering was still going on, they had a special guest speaker for a series of services. One evening, the man declared that unless the striving among the members ceased, God would judge the church.

His words apparently fell on deaf ears. Nothing changed. They kept up their petty squabbling.

Not much later, though, there came an earthquake in that area. The rumbling and shaking split the sanctuary right down the main aisle, literally breaking the church building in half. The entire structure had to be demolished and rebuilt.

Coincidence? Not if you really understand God’s heart.

In writing to the saints at Rome, the Apostle Paul said, “We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:5). In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul declared, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:26).

There is no possible way to read those passages—and so many others—and not see that, as Christ-followers, we are part and parcel with one another. We are not separate entities; we are one. And, therefore, infighting and nasty bickering have no place in the Body of Christ.

One of the most frustrating things I have experienced as a parent, are the times when my children have been at odds with one another. Although such occasions are rare in our family, I remember one time I felt almost nauseous as a result of my children’s bickering.

Honestly, I think that pretty well reflects God’s perspective. It is a disgusting and loathsome thing to the Lord when His children are divisive and quarrel with one another. Why? Because we are one!

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3 Responses to Divisiveness

  1. Beck Gambill says:

    Wow! I’ve been a part of some division in churches but nothing so drastic as an earthquake. What an amazing image. Great picture of how God feels about unity.

  2. Tom, your post today speaks directly to a situation I just discovered this morning. Slander and gossip have no place in the kingdom of God… May God grant me the grace to forgive those who would divide brothers and sisters in Christ.

  3. I am a church planting pastor and just had to ask Council member (70 yr old woman) to yield her seat on the council and she argued and stomped out with her 73 yr old husband. We are only 12 adults and are all heart sick about it. The couple has been this way from the start, thinking they are wiser then I. God must deal with them because they wont listen to me.

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