6 Big Reasons Why Christians Fail to Work Together
Have you ever wondered why some Christians fail to work together? If believers in Jesus claim to be “part of the body of Christ,” why are there so many occasions in congregations that see conflict and even the splitting of a fellowship into two separate churches.
There are many reasons why churches deal with issues that cause division. Here are ten reasons Christians cannot work together.
1. When Communication is Weak
Active communication among people is essential for healthy relationship development. When communication is weak among Christians their ability to work together is feeble and nonexistent. Communication is powerful and at the same time, it can be wicked.
- Psalm 141:3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
- Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
- Proverbs 15:2 – The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
- Proverbs 12:18 – There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
- 2 Timothy 2:16 – But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
- Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
- Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
- James 1:19 – Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
2. When The Level of Trust is Very Low
Trust is the foundation for any good team development. This statement is especially true among Christians. Being honest and telling the truth is the basis for trust. Charles Spurgeon once said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
3. When Someone’s Character is Questioned
When someone does not trust a person, their character is questioned.
James wrote this about character,
“But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.” ~ James 5:12
4. When Pride is a Dominant Characteristic, It Gets in the Way
Pride gets in the way of most organizations. However, it is sad when the power of pride destroys the ministry of a congregation. Here are five words of advice from Proverbs about pride. (ESV translation)
Proverbs 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:5 – Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 29:23 – One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
5. When Personal Agendas Ignore the Direction of the Lord
When a person’s agenda is more important to them than the direction of the Lord, this will destroy the hope of Christians working together.
6. When Big Egos Get in the Way
Here are three truths about “big egos” –
- A big ego continually compares themselves as being better than just about everyone else.
- A big ego craves and demands respect and recognition from others.
- A big ego makes a point of showcasing their brilliance.
The Apostle Paul had this to say about those of big egos.
“For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” ~ Galatians 6:3
When Christians fall prey to any of these six behaviors the ability to work together simply disappears.