Yesterday I posted a book review of The Cross. Before posting these reviews I typically check out Amazon.com reviews to see whether I am totally off base in my opinion. This is one instance were I would be the only one giving the book a 1 out of 5 stars. If certain people read the review I will probably get much criticism for my review. I will probably be labeled as unspiritual, hindering the Spirit, and criticizing “God’s man”.
Apart from the shock of no other person agreeing with me on Amazon, something else caught my eye. The only other person to give the book a 3 out of 5 is an unbeliever. This person noted that all of the unbelievers she asked actually liked the book. The only ones that offered criticism were those that were believers. This of course is by unbelievers as a reason to not believe. “You think you have the truth market cornered and yet you cannot agree with one another about simple things”.
This argument is appealing. Partly because it has some truth. Our love and unity is perhaps our most powerful apologetic (John 13:35). But unity is not as simple as everyone with the name Christian gets along and loves one another. To me this would be like saying Michael Bolton is a white guy, therefore all white guys have to like Michael Bolton. Or better yet, Hitler was German, therefore, all German’s should get along with Hitler. That is appalling, especially that part about Michael Bolton.
Christianity unity is found in our union with Christ. Christian unity is centered upon the truth in Christ. Whenever you stray from truth you stray from Christ. Whenever you stray from Christ you stray from unity with one another as well.
Christians are in union with one another. This unity means covering over a ton of junk with love. But Christians are not in union with unbelievers or those merely professing Christ. Furthermore, unity does not demand absolute conformity. I can be in unity with Arthur Blessitt in as much as he loves Jesus and is centered on the Cross. In every way in which he (or I for that matter) strays from the faith delivered we cannot be in unity.