9/11 brought America together. Our diverse nation flew the American flag, donated blood and gathered for candlelight vigils together. On the steps of the Capitol, Republicans and Democrats in Congress sang “God Bless America” as one voice.

Today, though, Americans are witnessing something else altogether. Instead of being united by real threats, we’re being divided by artificial ones.

Highs and lows in the history of church unity tend to correspond to the presence or absence of persecution. When things are comfy for the church, it finds reason to squabble and divide.

From God’s perspective there is but “. . . one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16). Unity does not need to be created; it simply needs to be protected. This Sunday, we will look to God’s Word to see what God is looking for in our unity as a people and a church.

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