“Diversity without unity is disorder; unity without diversity is death.”
The first part of this quote is easy to understand. The Church has many types of individuals and groups, but without the unity and the peace of Christ the Church cannot be a good witness nor can it render effective service.
The second part of the quote takes a bit more thought. What type of death is spoken of? 1Peter4.10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace… God gives “varied grace”, which means a diversity of gifts. Each member is to use their diverse gift for the unity of Christ. The Church is to also accept the challenges that diversity brings. Without which the congregants will be one of few gifts and the Church one of no effectiveness, and therefore the death of their witness and service.
 Farrar, F. W. (1879-80). Vol. 2: The Life and Work of St. Paul. (259). London; New York [etc.: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & co.
Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 6:11 AM CDT