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Unity and diversity in the Pagosa Church

In the Bible, In 1st Corinthians Chapter 12 verses 12 and 13, we read, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Now, this doesn’t say the Church is “like” a body, but that the Church ’‘is” a body. It is the body of Christ. God has created His Church to have beautiful unity and diversity. One body and many parts.

 Many are familiar with the book by Alexander Dumas, “The Three Musketeers.” In it we find their motto “All for one and one for all.” This means, of course, that every member of the group would stand up for the group and for any of the others. In other words, they were vowing to stand together in their common fight. It would have been absurd for all the Musketeers to be exactly alike. In fact each character is quite different from the others. I believe that is exactly what God wants for the One True Church of Pagosa Springs: “All for one and one for all.” I believe that God expects us, as a Church family, to walk together in absolute unity for His glory. Such unity is not only a possibility; it is a divine requirement if we are to be everything God would have us be as the Church.

When my three brothers and I were growing up together in our family there was no mistaking the differences between us. One was quiet and read a lot. One was a true nature lover. One was studious and good with numbers. Another had a true musical talent and played the guitar. Yet, even though we were all unique, we were deeply loyal to our family and to each other. We all were very committed to the idea “All for one and one for all.” No one would have expected us to change who we wee to become a member of our family. We already were members of the family and we were all our own person. As with the Musketeers, it would have been absurd to expect anything else.

The same could be said to be true of any athletic team, space shuttle crew, business enterprise or military platoon. All the members are unique. They are loyal to the group. They are loyal to each other. They are focused on accomplishing the mission together. And it would be absurd to expect it to be any other way. Why, then, would we expect the Church in Pagosa Springs, being one body with many parts, to be all the same? It is not and it will not be. It would be absurd to expect it to be.

What we have is a common loyalty to one Savior Jesus Christ, the head of the Church. We are loyal to each other as fellow believers in Jesus Christ. We are called to love one another and to stand up for each other. Further, we are called to share what we have been given with the world. We can almost hear the Apostle Paul (the writer of the letter to the Corinthians quoted above) to shout, “All for one and one for all!”

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