At church, we will occasionally have sermons on The Church. You know, the sort where the idea is that there is, in fact, only one Church in Santa Barbara, in California, in the US, in the world. We had such a talk this most recent Sunday in the context of sending off a former SB Community member who was going to be the preacher at another church, and Reed described it thusly (not verbatim): “There is only one church in Santa Barbara. It might come in different flavors, meet at different times, but it’s the church.”
I was reminded by these comments of the OS Linux, which comes in about as many flavors as Christians: Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint (which I use), OpenSUSE, Slackware, Arch Linux, Mandriva. They all have different styles, different strengths, different implementations; but they all share the same kernel.
I think catholics, evangelicals, baptists, non-demoninationals, presbyterians, and the rest of us could do better to remember that we all share the same Kernel.
1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:1-6)