The most important implications of Christ for the church is that the church is not exclusive but inclusive. The primary message is that we are all brothers and sisters and that we are one. The local church can only be a microcosmic manifestation of the pre-existing reality of that unity… a living example… a visible picture of what it looks like and means to be One.
Those who cried exclusivity and established boundaries and drew lines of distinction and erected walls of separation are clearly those Jesus challenged. It was those who wanted the people of God to be distinguishable by means other than unity that Jesus undermined. It was those who opted out of the family because of segregationist theology that are the divisive.
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