The title of this thread was lifted from a T-Shirt that an agnostic/atheist was describing to me. After thinking it over, I decided I agreed with it even though I am a Christian. Unity is very difficult across the lines because of the little knives people stick in one another. Yes, Jesus–save me from Your followers.
Reading from Roots of the Reformation by Karl Adam, I find in the epilogue by Kenneth J. Howell an interesting quote:
“The social evils of our day, increasingly prevalent since the 1960s, have had much the same effect on Catholics and Protestants in the United States. We are witnessing an unprecedented cooperation between them in fighting against the social evils of abortion, euthanasia, and sexual license. …”
While we are fighting evil on one front, I fear that the true light we claim to have is leaking out the back. How shall we acquire unity of the faith and be a light to the world if we have little knives at each other as soon as we turn from fighting a common evil?
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1Jo 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
1Jo 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
What miracles might happen in the world if Christians really loved and preferred one another? But we have not loved one another–that is the message to the world. We are arrogant to one another while we pretend we are humble. We smile in civility while the little knives go into our brothers. How long, O God?