I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
Today is Black Friday, a day when people who have camped out in front of stores overnight wait for them to open so they can get good deals on Christmas gifts. If you’ve ever been to a store on Black Friday, you know how crazy it can get, people grabbing and clawing like crazy to get their hands on the next great deal!
I think we can safely say this day is usually not marked by a spirit of Christian unity, even though it’s supposed to kick off the Christmas season. But despite how divisive you may see shoppers act on the evening news, I’ve been so encouraged in recent years at the level at which unity is happening among believers.
One big reason for this, I believe, is simply because people are more willing than ever to agree on what’s important and lay aside the non-negotiables of the faith. We have differing views on issues like the process of sanctification and the second coming of Jesus, but are unified when it comes to the very important things like salvation by faith alone and the deity of Christ.
So when it comes to people from other stripes of our faith, be quick to find areas of agreement. A unified church is a powerful church, and it’s the kind of church Jesus wants us to be. Put aside petty differences and let the church shake the world for Christ! - Jack Graham
Keep your goggles clean and your eyes on God!