I ask... that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20,21.The squabbles in the church must sadden our Lord who prayed that his followers may be one. If the church worldwide were united (in spirit, not necessarily in one organization), the world would take notice. As it is, critics of the church are constantly mocking us for our sectarian divisiveness.
The church is both human and divine. It comprises fallible humans, and has yet to be perfectly redeemed. It is divine - the Body of Christ. So we need to be patient with an imperfect church. Henry Scott Holland put it this way in 1914 when the Bishop of Zanzibar wrote a pamphlet asking where the church stood. Scott Holland said that it did not stand at all, but 'moves and pushes and slides and staggers and falls and gets up again, and stumbles on and presses forward and falls into the right position after all.'
The church of Jesus Christ is glorious, not because it's perfect, but because it is being redeemed.
And Lord, you love the church even with all the nonsense that is perpetrated in your name. Help me to love your people too. Amen.
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