In Christianity, everyone is regarded to be important (not above the others) but equally. Although, some people, by the virtues of the offices they occupy enjoy some necessary special treatment.
Please, understand what we meant by ‘ necessary special treatment’. In the case of a Senior Pastor of a church and a member of the same church – visiting a gathering dominated by members of that church, you will realise that the office of that Senior Pastor will afford him some measure of respect above the other church member who also attend the gathering.
This form of scenario is not unlikely, because, Jesus Christ depicted this too and it is not about pride, it is about function. Let us see how:
“… Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
“And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”. Matthew 21:2-5, 9, KJV.
As laid down by the Lord, Jesus Christ (through His leadership to His disciples) and the doctrines He gave to the whole world, Christianity is a religion in which love thrives. This love was replicated; strengthened by the Apostles’ and the converts’ unity (after the Day of Pentecost) – they were all living in one accord without claims to individuals’ properties, but there was clarity of apostolic functions. Check Acts 2
Love gone sour: desires overriding brotherly kindness, godliness shortchanged
If we would intelligently look at the biblical phrase ‘the curse causeless shall not come’ we will realise that, any issue that does not have a cause cannot stand firm. What do we mean?
The division between Apostle Paul and Apostle Barnabas was caused by some things, part of which were: vengeance, identity and individuality. They were not able to overcome their differences, which resulted into decimation of their ‘strong bond’.
In Christianity today, we can liken the division in Christendom to what transpired between Paul and Barnabas. Even so, we will have more reasons (responsible) for the well-known division in the ‘body of Christ’.
The polarisation of church establishment (which is indeed a good omen for any nation that will enjoy peace of God) has ‘division’ in the body of Christ as one of its causes, but the question that anyone should ask is ‘why is so much division in Christendom?’
These are why
Bro. Amasokaizer Jack, a lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, while presenting a paper on how to solve social unrestat the 2015 Leadership Ethics Conference, LEC, said that conflict is, “Primarily instigated by interest. According to him, when two people disagree, it is because of their conflicting interests”.
In other words, the reason many churches spring up is as a result of conflicts that arise within the church itself.
To be fair, everybody is to blame. Church is composed of people, and people are those who control the affairs of the church.
The focal point of Christianity is “… Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”. Matthew 22:37, 39, KJV.
However, self-interest has eroded the supposed love. Majority of people in the church are now concerned about themselves, to the point that some people now hold information back from others. Does it sound somehow? Information is capable of liberating people, especially, those who know how to use it: this is why some individuals can hold information back from others, to keep people in a place while they continue to forge ahead – self-interest.
Self-interest is why Christians will have joint business and one of them will defraud the other; it is why a person will steal a friend’s business ideas and still stab the vulnerable at the back; it is whysenior ministers will not want their disciples to make it or why disciples will be destroying the works of their senior ministers; and it is why we have division in the church – at present.
Remedy to the division provided
Whoever you are, it is recommended that you check the attitudes you put up in the service of God in any church you find yourself.
When Jesus Christ was illustrating the story of a Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18:10-14, he revealed how intentions can vindicate or indicate one of being godless, selfish and of the flesh.
In this view, the remedy is to be born again and put up a selfless attitude towards the things of God.
It should be realised that the advancement of anyone in the church is to the benefits of all: it will be good for all members to be rich than for the few to be rich while majority are poor.
If you would like to see division completely removed in Christendom, check yourself, your attitudes to the things of God and to people.
Do you want to be born again?
To be born again means to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. It is to surrender yourself to God, by which the Holy Spirit will transform you into a new man.
The transformation will happen without your understanding but it will begin when you decide to accept Jesus Christ into your life.
Are you ready to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Then say this prayer:
Jesus Christ I accept you as my Lord and Saviour, today. I give myself to you: I realise
that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. From today, let me be one of your children – for the rest of my life. In Jesus name I prayed. Amen.
Join a church and become active worker for your spiritual growth.
You must start to read the Bible and pray, on your own, but you also need to do this with a congregation of believers.
 Amasokaizer Jack, Dealing With Social Unrest: Leadership Ethics Conference, 2015.