Divisions have been a long running problem for Churches. Where you have people, problems will arise, and there’s no way to avoid that unless we have the mind of Christ.
In Phillipians 2:1-2, Paul tells the church in Phillipi to be “like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” As Christians, we are called to live above bickering that plagues the world. In verse 3 he continues in saying “Do nothing out of vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. How many of us have taken 10 minutes out of a day to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return?
Paul again says in 1 Corinthians to “agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” As Christians, our common ground is that we admit that we are sinners and we have accepted the gift of grace from Christ, our Lord. I see a lot of people picking out favorite people to be around, and when we pick favorites, cliques start to develop, and people are excluded. I’m personally not the best at making new people feel welcome, but we all need to work at making sure everyone feels like they are a part of the church.
Unity is very important. Jesus prayed that we might be one on the night of his arrest (John 17). We have a common goal to preach the word to the rest of the world, but unless we stop fighting, we’ll never achieve what we as a church are to be doing.