Some time ago I read a story about a family that had moved into an Amish community. The Amish are pretty private, especially toward outsiders – those who aren’t Amish.
But the mother in the family had been able to form a relationship with some in the community. And one day she asked an Amish woman about why they didn’t own cars. The woman’s response was amazing. She said that for long trips they would use public transportation or hire a driver, but for each of them to own their own automobile would lead to the breakdown of their community. It would separate them.
Please understand that I am not suggesting that we all adopt the Amish way of life. But, it seems apparent to me that this woman understood something about the priority of relationship that we in the Body of Christ would do well to emulate. She didn’t just pay lip service to the priority of unity, she lived it.
You might be familiar with the late Zig Ziglar. He was a well-known motivational speaker. He said that too many people give up what they really want for what they want now.
And he’s right. We say that Christian unity is important, but when it interferes with our life-as-usual, suddenly it is not really a priority.
Maybe we need to rethink our priorities in the Church.