Reading my email this morning, I was reminded this morning of a couple passages in chapters 13 & 17 in The Gospel of John. Jesus prays for unity among those who claim His name.
Francis Schaeffer points this characteristic as the “mark of the Christian.”
Schaeffer goes further and reminds us of its inherent challenge:
“Jesus is giving a right to the world. Upon his authority he gives the world the right to judge whether you and I are born-again Christians on the basis of our observable love toward all Christians.
That’s pretty frightening. Jesus turns to the world and says, ‘I’ve something to say to you. On the basis of my authority, I give you a right: you may judge whether or not an individual is a Christian on the basis of the love he shows to all Christians.'”
A tall order from the Prince of Peace, no doubt.