Greg explains what Jesus meant by being unified with other believers and how we can remain unified despite our differences.
00:00 How can we be perfected in unity when there's so much disunity in our beliefs?
00:04 Here's what Jesus meant.
00:10 One of the hallmarks of the body of Christ, when
00:12 it's functioning well in a healthy way, is the sense of unity and community that
00:19 that they express in their love for one another. But of course, this raises a
00:24 question: How can we be unified when we differ so much on theological issues or
00:32 on moral issues? People are right when they point that out. There is a wide variety
00:37 of theological distinctions or differences within the pale. That is,
00:44 there are boundaries that define what basic Christianity is, but within that
00:48 boundary inside the household, so to speak, you're gonna have differences, and
00:53 we know that. In fact, I can only think of one person that I know that agrees with
00:59 me theologically on everything, and that's me, all right? And sometimes I
01:04 don't even agree with me, all right. So, how do we maintain our unity even though
01:09 we disagree on theological particulars? And the answer is is that our unity is
01:15 not based on the theological particulars. We can have loving relationships in our
01:20 own families with our brothers and sisters, and mother, and father, and that
01:24 kind of thing even though we have differences of opinion. We are all
01:27 familiar with that concept, okay? I think the same thing is in play here when
01:32 Jesus is praying for our unity that we be one, okay and John 17, for example,
01:41 in Jesus' high priestly prayer, I don't think He's praying that everybody agree
01:45 on every point. I think He's praying that regardless of
01:48 our own varying convictions that we are willing to embrace one another as
01:55 brothers and sisters in Christ, in love, engaged the differences in a respectful
02:02 and a loving fashion, and be willing to agree to disagree even
02:07 though we show love to each other. I think that's what the key to Christian
02:12 unity involves.