I have a problem and I need your help. I hear a lot of rhetoric among Christians on campus about unity, and I honestly get kind of confused by it. You see, to me, unity is a great Biblical value, but it is NOT my primary concern; unity is not the goal. To me, all the talk about unity, and by SO many people, seems kind of distracting. Personally, my goal is spiritual transformation; I want to see lives on campus changed by their exposure to Jesus Christ. Unity is just one necessary component to achieving that goal. Am I missing something there? Rather than debating about another common event, as if we need a demonstration to prove how united we are, shouldn’t we be sharing ideas and resources to achieve common goals? That seems a lot more like unity to me.
Imagine what might happen if, instead of having more meetings and discussions about how to look more united, we instead started talking about how to strategically reach every student on campus with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Whoa! What would THAT look like?! Not another worship rally or prayer meeting, that’s for sure. Maybe we’d share information about when and where Bible studies are taking place and who’s in them. Maybe we’d open up about our needs and start praying for those. Maybe we’d start sharing resources to meet those needs! Maybe we’d think up one BIG event that would require more than we have, would require God’s help, to pull off and would make Christ THE central issue on our campus… I don’t know. I do know that if we were doing all those things, we wouldn’t need to discuss unity anymore, we be living it. What do you think?
I agree, Jon. Unity with each other comes out of unity with Christ (Philippians 2:1-2). Christian Facebook groups, like the MSSU Christians, are pointless if we’re not using them as tools toward kingdom goals. I hope the State of the Campus Meeting next week generates concrete ideas of, as you said, “how to strategically reach every student on campus with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”