Christendom and Union
Lesslie Newbigin has often made a point that was echoed by D.A. Carson as he lectured on John 17 at this past weekend’s Desiring God Conference in Minneapolis: mission and unity go hand in hand. When mission is taken seriously unity will be pursued.
I would add that while perfect unity has never existed in the church, Christendom presumed its basic oneness – and indeed enforced and furthered it through the calling of counsels. It is the paradox of paradoxes that the kingship of Jesus is now viewed by many as a sectarian issue.
In our own day kings and all in authority will be unable to provide an appropriate response to the kingdom of God until the visible church more closely resembles that present and coming kingdom in its organizational and practical love and union.
Let me boil it down. Like Christendom? Pursue union. More thoughts on how to possibly do this will follow.