In light of the various narratives about why people are leaving or should leave the Presbyterian Church (USA), I recently posed the question, Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Here is one more person sharing why they are staying in the Presbyterian Church (USA) . . .
Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)?:
While I do not always agree with the actions of my church family, I do love her. The Body of Christ is an amazing gift from God, and I appreciate the PC(USA)’s faithful attempts to manifest the richness of the body of Christ. Also, Jesus prayed that we would be one, just as he and the Father are one; any time we split from one another, we deny that prayer request of our Lord.
Paul teaches time and again the importance of unity in virtually every epistle. Perhaps it is best expressed in 1 Corinthians 12, in which Paul so poignantly assures us that each member is of vital importance to the body of Christ; one part cannot say to another, “You do not matter to me” (which, ironically, is precisely what many who choose to leave the denomination communicate to those of us who choose to stay). Plus, we should not ignore the fact that Paul follows up his teaching on the Body of Christ by sharing the oft-cited Love chapter; clearly, love, and not division, is the way Paul urges for the church.