In an excerpt from Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote that “Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participtate.”
In Christ, we have been joined together – apart from any effort or desires on our part. He unites us with each other as we become united to Him. I wonder if I’ve spent too much attention trying to create a sense of unity among students that is at best artificial. It would be better if we concentrate on being united to Christ, and as His character grows within us, we’ll grow to understand and participate in the reality… in Him we’re family. Whether we act like it or not.
But I think there’s also a balance somewhere between trying to acheive unity by our own effort and just sitting back and doing nothing to foster the brotherhood that exists in the church.