If you were to look across the religious landscape today, you would see that the thing Christians are most focused on is right thinking, theology, dogma, doctrine. We separate ourselves based on our views of Scripture. We separate ourselves based on our views of who God is, or how God interacts with us. We separate ourselves on our traditions and rituals, like communion or baptism. We find what we believe, and we run to the nearest community that shares those beliefs.
First of all, this division itself is against what the Bible teaches. "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Many of us, myself included, have fallen short of making every effort to live in harmony with our brothers and sisters of different Christian traditions. We can and we should do better.
But what is missing from our faith when we are so beliefs focused is the reminder that Jesus is not only something to be believed in, but a way to live, a way to engage our souls here and now in the rhythm of God. Jesus taught us how to pray, but admittedly we spend too much time arguing about the words Jesus used rather than taking some time to center ourselves on Christ's goodness. Jesus taught us to take care of the poor, but we would rather argue about social policy than we would engage in the soul-feeding act of loving on our brothers and sisters in a worse spot than us. The Church today is focused on religion, and it is coming at the expense of spirituality.
Even today, I found myself fighting some pretty serious crankiness. I was upset about absolutely nothing in particular, but boy was I upset! I was walking around the office a little in the morning just muttering to myself. At one point I stopped and realized that I was in a place I had no desire to be emotionally or spiritually, so I sat down in our sanctuary to pray. It wasn't a fancy prayer by any stretch. For a while I was just repeating the name of Jesus in an effort to center myself, and then I offered up the quick prayer that I didn't want my day to be consumed by this bad attitude. And lo and behold, it worked. When my focus turned to Christ, I had less ability to focus on myself and my own selfishness and crankiness.
What I'm saying in all of this is that we would do well to engage more with the spirituality of our faith. Yes, we need good belief and we need right thinking. But we also need to make sure that our souls are alive. We need to make sure that our hearts are in the right place with God. We need to carve time out of our day to allow our spirits to mesh with the One who made them. And maybe, just maybe, it might bring the church a little closer together as well.