Why am I disappointed? In the church. When I look at what the world church has become, a system of denominations, it makes me sad. We can say all we want that we are unified together, that we are one body, but we aren’t. We label ourselves as Lutherans, Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, and Methodists. We make sure as heck that people know that we aren’t a denomination other than the one we are. We often badmouth other denominations as being misguided (which I am extremely guilty of myself). Christ left this earth when he established one global church. I notice in the Bible that the structure of the church seems to be that there are individual, independent congregations, that seem to share the same general leaders, who teach them and guide them, but point them to Scripture as their source of truth in their faith. But today, rather than follow this (very generalized) model, we have created all these separations and divisions in the church. I have more than once had people ask me why there are so many versions of Christianity. My answers are often insufficient, and that is a big part of turning others away. We don’t even know what we believe. We can’t even get along with each other.I’m not saying that we all have to agree 100% of the time on absolutely everything, but we shouldn’t split up because of that, it’s just like marriage and divorce.
I highly doubt that I will see a unified, non-denominational church in my lifetime, though, that is what I pray for.