1 Corinthians 12:26, NIV:   If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

In the society in which in we live, there are divisions within divisions. What was once proclaimed indivisible is ever increasingly divided. It has become the norm to pridefully flaunt individuality and come together with those who hold similar viewpoints. Rather than seeking that which unites us, we choose sides and willfully refuse to consider the ideals or beliefs of others. This can be said of our nation, of our culture, and even of our churches. So many Christians believe that church is a place wherein they should find unity, acceptance, and sanctuary from the world. Yet, so many feel disconnected, and are wary of allowing anyone close enough to know him or her for who they really are. It is sad that we have let our cultural stigmas seep through the walls of the church. We detach ourselves and avoid getting real so that we might feel safe within the walls of our own private worlds. When will the walls come down so the people of God can be one—in suffering, in rejoicing, and in honor?