One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided?
1 Corinthians 1:12,13
There’s something special and unique about this generation we’re a part of at the moment. It’s an attitude or feeling that I believe is growing amongst the church of today – and I hope it carries on and brings about real and lasting change.
There have been hints of it in the past, but now I hope it is time for a widespread change.
This attitude, particularly in today’s youth, concerns ones loyalty to a denomination – or more accurately the lack of loyalty. And I suggest this is a good thing!
Have you noticed how easily someone who’s gone to one particular church as a child, when they leave home to work or for uni or whatever, can quite easily join another church and fit right in.
Why is this? It could be that there really isn’t too much different anymore between one denomination to the next. Between a brethren and a baptist or an anglican and a pentecostal. Is it just different styles or are there actually distinctions in their doctrine? Or have they been watered down so much that these labels are just stuck on with a weak historical glue and actually the name tag is a thin paper one that doesn’t really stand for too much other than where they once came from.
Isn’t it time we put the name tags away and recognised that we are one body of Christ walking together down one narrow path. Why do we perpetuate the way we’ve split the path into several parallel ones instead of remaining together on the true path?
I pray that this generation – the future pastors, elders and leaders of the church – will shake off the traditions and subtle divisions that the church has been so entrenched in, and simply embrace Christ – the Head: the head of one body, the head of one church.