How can many be one?
On the eve of his tragic execution, the Son asked of his Father that those who belong to him “Will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me” (John 17:21).
Later, a former member of a notoriously separatiistic religious sect wrote to the kind of people he had once hated, “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose” (1Cor 1:10).
Both requests seem honest. But the longer I live, the more I wonder how to take them seriously.
What was Jesus thinking? And Paul?
Seems like —to even begin making sense of their requests— we would need to think again about what unites and divides us.