In a divided world, Dr Tony Evans reminds the church that we are “stronger together, weaker apart”
When Christians fight among themselves, they overlook an often overlooked biblical truth: Christ has called us to be a model of unity for a watchful world.
With the church in this country divided by race, politics, the pandemic, and a host of other issues, Stronger together, weaker apart: powerful prayers to unite us in love has a message we desperately need today.
In the introduction, author Dr. Tony Evans quotes John 17, often referred to as “Prayer of the High Priest. “It offers a rare glimpse into the private interaction between Christ and the Heavenly Father on the night before Jesus’ death.
In verses 20-23, he calls for “complete unity” between his disciples and those who listen to their message. “Then the world will know that you sent me and that you loved them as you loved me,” he prays.
“An alternative to the ways of the world”
Stronger together, weaker separately is part of a prayer book and Bible study on the importance of unity among believers in spreading the gospel. But too often the church is just as divided as the outside world.
“As disciples of the kingdom of Jesus Christ, we have been chosen to model unity, love, and peace as an alternative to the ways of a divided world,” writes Evans. “Yet it seems that division often creeps into our churches and Christian organizations. Satan’s overall strategies rarely change – whatever he can divide he can overcome (Mark 3:24). He accomplishes this division by lying, deception and destruction (John 10:10). ”
Unity is not uniformity, but we should not allow our differences to divide us, preventing the church from playing its unique role in our culture.
“The church is the only genuine transracial, transcultural, and transgenerational basis for existing unity,” writes Evans.
We are one
If you embody Christian qualities such as empathy, forgiveness, and humility in service to others, you encourage unity. On the flip side, “whenever you denigrate a politician, preacher, neighbor, teacher, colleague, or family member, you put up walls with your words,” Evans writes. “We all have to learn to change our thoughts and words if we are to bridge the gaps between us. ”
The book has an appendix with a list of scriptures on unity, including Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is no neither man nor woman; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
In other words, there should be no Black or White, Rich or Poor, Republican or Democrat, for we are all one in Christ. If we truly model this, the world will know that we are his disciples.