Glasgow’s a divided city and the church plays a part, though not a big part, in that division. If the church is God’s means of reconciliation and unity we must ask what needs to be done to overcome the problem between Old Firm enemies?
The problem of suspicion and division is not a new one. One of the earliest churches, in Ephesus, faced division along ethnic lines, just as the division in Glasgow has ethnic roots. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians to point them to Christ as the source of unity:
Ephesians 1:9-10 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment– to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
Jews and Greeks, Fenians (in the Irish Nationalist, not sectarian, sense) and Proddies (short for Protestants, again, not in a sectarian sense) are to be united by God under one head, Jesus Christ, by his death for sin and resurrection to eternal life. The question is how to demonstrate that Christ is head over all? Paul gives the answer in the rest of his letter to the Ephesians. Read on.
Today is Easter Sunday. Christ rose from the grave to prove he is who he said he is. May all who take his name, whether Catholic or Protestant, not take it in vain, but live to his praise and glory.