Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. – 1 Cor 1:10 NKJV
Almost everything I have ever understood about unity rests on the principle that we should agree to disagree on “non-essential” issues, but this passage seems to say that we should agree on EVERYTHING! What?! Well, as I thought and prayed about this and from what I gleaned reading those articles that quote this passage I have decided what I think this means (please, please, please correct me if you think this is wrong!): The community of believers should be working to come to the truth together IN ALL AREAS. We should be “speaking the truth in love” and “slow to speak” and “quick to hear” all in an attempt to grow together toward the truth.
It is not enough to have certain areas of our faith that we “don’t touch on” because they are not essential; we need to be able to seek the truth together, learning from and teaching each other in a spirit of love that is willing to hear and be taught by others instead of holding onto certain ideas, not letting others’ even talk with us about those things for fear of an argument or tension. We need to get past the “no religion or politics around the dinner table” and we need to be teachable in all areas.
This is my take? Am I wrong? Is unity achieved through ignoring areas of tension?