The body of Christ is unique, set apart as Christ’s church within a broken world. As His Church, we are blessed to enjoy the bond of brothers and sisters united in our calling to glorify Jesus Christ with our lives and testimonies. Over the last two years, as we’ve faced challenges related to political uncertainty, the news of civil unrest, and COVID, my prayer has been that the Lord would strengthen the bond that unites us in Christ, both at HCA and around the world. But does unity among Christ’s Church really matter? It certainly does to Jesus. In John 17:20-23, while praying Jesus asks (v. 23), “that they [believers] may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Unity doesn’t mean that we are in complete agreement on every aspect of life. As we learn from Paul, there is room in the Church for Christian freedom and matters of conscience. What this means is that, despite differences of opinions in non essentials, we remain united in Christ. When the world hurls insults and hates those who disagree, Christians love. While the world draws lines of division based on differences, the body of Christ comes together, loving beyond our differences. As Christians, our beliefs are based on the authoritative, inerrant, sufficient Word of God. We are followers of Christ first! All other aspects of life and thought are subject to that calling. Here at HCA, as long as our beliefs and practices do not contradict the Bible, we are not divided. Instead, we celebrate unity as Christians who are diverse in ethnicity, race, customs, thoughts, and political preferences, but one in Christ.
The peace that comes with unity is a great blessing for Christians. But, let us not forget the ultimate goal of a unified school and Church; that the world will know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, sent by the loving Father, to a world in need. May HCA be a place where we are united in Christ. May the unity of Christ be evident in our relationships, interactions, words, and conduct. And may our unity glorify God and point to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and hope for the hopeless in a weary and divided world.