“For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;…” (Ephesians 2:14 KJV)
The wonderful thing about family is that you are not expected to agree about everything under the sun. Show me a man and wife who have never disagreed and I will show you some accomplished fibbers. But those disagreements, pray God, do not usually destroy the unity of the family. And so it should be with God’s family, the church. We are not expected at all times to be unanimous or to have a consensus on every conceivable subject. As long as we are as one on the fundamentals and refuse to let go of one another.…
Healthy differences of opinion can help the body to be more lively. After all, it is unity we are talking about, not uniformity. What is needed is to respect one another’s points of view and not to impute unworthy motives to one another or to seek to impugn the integrity of the other.
Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another and to cherish one another and seek the greater good for the other.
As the church, we are set as a sign in the world, the first fruits of the Kingdom, to demonstrate what God intends human society to be, united in a rich diversity, to demonstrate that Christ has indeed broken down the middle wall of partition…
-- Desmond Tutu in The Rainbow People of God