Is that true? Do all Brothers and Sisters in Christ have everything in common? We should. Or at least that is the example that the Jerusalem church left for us. Yet here in America we are too caught up with denominations, moral issues, who is voting for which candidate, and even which church sings contemporary vs. traditional that we have neglected to love each other and stand united on the front lines of the battlefield.
I am not saying that issues where we, as individuals, take a stance are not important. To each of us, our beliefs make up who we are. We sometimes let them define us to our core. But I believe that too long as Christians in this nation, we have let outside things that we believe define us rather than our belief in Jesus being the core of who we are.
Acts 4:32 reads "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common." I have heard this passage preached on several times, and each time I am convicted by my lack of love for fellow believers, our lack of unity in the American church, and my unwillingness to let what is mine be yours as well.
We, myself included, have to stop caring about ourselves selfishly, and start caring about each other. We need to start loving each other. We need to enjoy the company of our fellow brothers and sisters. We need to encourage one another, build each other up. We need to strive to be like our Brother, Jesus Christ, following His example, and following the example of the brothers He left to spread the gospel; we need to strive to be a church that has one heart and one soul.
The church in America has become political. We have conservatives and liberals. There are issues that no matter how hard we try, we won't reconcile. It is my belief that those things aren't reconcilable because we allow our ideas and desires to be more important than God's. We let the world shape what we think 'should be,' and turn our backs on what God's Word says. I've seen it, and it absolutely breaks my heart. I can't express in words how sad my soul becomes when I think about the church being split on issues that are so clearly, in my eyes, pointed out in the Bible with no gray area. How do we fix it? We don't. We can't. But God can. And we, as Brothers and Sisters in Christ, need (and this is not to be taken lightly or be convicted of and then forget) to become a nation that prays. It isn't an option. We must become prayer warriors not only for each other, but for the church as a whole. We must ask that the Holy Spirit move in the life of the church, and move in our lives, to unite us. For God to have His way with us. To get us out of the way so that Christ can live through us. And truly shine in our lives.