One thing is for certain – there isn’t any lack of churches. You are able to choose one of many hundreds of several types, from the proud old variations like the Episcopalian and Presbyterian to the newer, more dynamic Assembly of God or Seventh Day Adventists, to say nothing of those incredibly numerous as well as other cults that keep bobbing up.
In the course of such diversity, what exactly is special about our church? What sort of a church is it, anyway?
We answer paradoxically. The distinctive about this Christian church is that it doesn’t have distinctives. Actually we intentionally seek not to be unique, due to the fact our goal is oneness, not division. Christianity has endured for enough time from deep divisions distancing denomination from denomination, Christian from Christian. When Jesus interceded “that all of them may be one, Father, equally as you are in me and I’m in you. May they also be in us” (John 17:21), He had us at heart. In the spirit of His prayer we seek unity with all others in Christ.
Obviously that desire is tough to attain. Human instinct withstands oneness. We believe with Robert Frost that “good fences make good neighbors,” although something within us “doesn’t love a wall, [but] wants it down.” God desires unity, however, so it must be possible.
Christian churches and churches of Christ trace their modern day origins to the early 19th-century American frontier, a time period of militancy among denominations. America’s pioneers brought their profoundly based religious beliefs to the new land and perpetuated their old animosities. Presbyterian squared off against Anglican who defended himself against Baptist that had no toleration for Lutheran. A reaction to this shared bitterness was unavoidable.