Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 23, 2003
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. These meditations start with a Gospel reading
and a meditation based on it written this week by the
Rev. Carolyn 'Dusty' Pruitt.
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Please read John 17:1-11
One With God Through Jesus
Some have questioned the validity of Christianity,
saying, 'How can Christianity be the true way when
even the followers of Christ cannot agree on what
the true way is? Is not the divided body of Christ
a proof that Christianity is not the only true way?'
A valid question.
'Holy God, my Mother and Father, keep them in your
name . . . that they may be one, even as we are one.'
This was Jesus' prayer in the garden. His last
thoughts, the true 'Lord's prayer,' were of his
disciples and of those who would come after them.
And he prayed for unity among them.
While the skeptic may look at the various
denominations within Christianity and see
factionalism, there is another way to look at
Christianity. The vast majority of Christians
exhibit 'unity within diversity:' unity under the
dominion of Jesus Christ, diversity in mission and
The Bible describes the church as 'the body of
Christ,' and even as a body has various parts, so,
too, does the body of Christ. Thus it can be that
Catholics, Lutherans, and Episcopalians, for example,
offer a beautiful Eucharistic ministry, while
Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists, and
ethnic churches emphasize Biblical justice and
righteousness. Baptists and Evangelists bring new
believers into the body, while Pentecostals and
Charismatics function as healers and prophets.
What a diverse and beautiful body, with one head,
Lord, help me to see your church not as a collection
of splintered and quarreling factions, but as the
beautifully faceted diamond that it is. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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