In today’s day and age, it seems that division is everywhere you look. And it feels like it’s worse than it’s ever been; however, it’s by no means a new concept. Shortly after Jesus resurrection there was division in the early Church. In the book of Corinthians, Paul addresses the early church of Corinth and addresses the division in the church:
3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
There is more that unites us than separates us, and the church of Corinth lost sight of this. They focused on the teacher, or denomination and not on the bigger picture – Jesus. Don’t be fooled by the divided world we find ourselves in and recognize that we are all God’s children.