Matthew 5:9 You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
Since the days of Paul, Christians have been drawn to factions. In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul makes an effort to address this issue with much urgency. He asks them, “Why are you picking sides and forming groups? ‘I’m on Paul’s side,’ or ‘I’m for Apollos,’ or ‘Peter is my man,’ or ‘I’m in the Messiah group.'” These are the things that were being said.
In an attempt to bring their focus back to where it should be, Paul asks another question. Has Paul been crucified for any of you? Paul was showing them how to cooperate and not compete or fight. Paul’s example serves us well; we must keep our focus on Christ. Too often in our history, have we gone off and formed factions based on some trivial matter; women wearing pants or men having long hair. Even some of the more widely debated arguments in the end mean nothing.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it alone is the power of God unto salvation. When we keep a kingdom agenda, when we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, when we begin to live selflessly and as conduits for the purposes of God, then we will all walk together in agreement with God. Admittedly, all of the above seems really outlandish but with God’s help we can do it.