Unity and teamwork are essential for the success of any group or team--for families, congregations and church organizations. We should strive for unity except when it would mean disobedience to God. 1 Corinthians 12 makes it clear that every member of the body of Christ is different and essential for the unified work of God. We can help maintain unity by loving and honoring every individual member. Whereas the the "doctrines" of the Bible unify us, placing too much emphasis on "semi-doctrines" tends to divide us. Satan, of course, is always trying to divide us. We must constantly resist Satan's influences and work hard to be united. According to John 17, God wants us to strive for the perfect unity that is shared between Jesus Christ and the Father.
Don Hooser is a minister and writer for the publications of United Church of God. He lives in McKinney TX, a suburb of Dallas. He was born in Dallas and grew up mostly in east Texas. His beloved wife Elsie, originally from Detroit, Michigan, died in August 2020. Don's three children and their spouses are members of United Church of God. Mr. Hooser graduated in 1963 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1966 from Ambassador College, Big Sandy. Don and Elsie married two days after Don’s graduation.