Often I hear church workers say, on some area of concern in doctrine and unity, "Oh, I don't do church politics." I want to say, "Do you care for God's people? Do you care for teaching them all that fits with godliness so that they'll be completely kitted out for everything good God has for them to do? Do you care for Christ's body, his bride, showing the unity his Spirit has given us so that others would see that Jesus was sent from God and is one with him? Do you care for the flock over which God has given you responsibility, that it not be ravaged and torn apart by wolves? Do you care for the global family into which God has called you, of which Christ is head, that it declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into his glorious light?" There might be division - we're not yet in glory - it might not be 'nice' - but is Christ? It might be hard work - we're each sinfully proud - it might be painful - how do you fight a wolf without getting hurt? The people we're serving might not appreciate it - and we might not exactly enjoy it either. But as long as we care for building up the church of God through his Word by his Spirit, we dare not 'not do church politics'. We care for truth.
A student recently objected to me that we didn't need to know the exact ins & outs of how we could be forgiven by God (his justice, how Jesus' death & resurrection related to it, etc.) - our friends never ask us those sort of questions, and if they did, God would help us answer. Yet God's truth is what sets us apart as his people. And it is belief in his word that makes us one, that the world might believe that the Father sent the Son. Compare then with the attitude of a group of women (not church leaders, just believing women) in the 4th century, who lived & died for the ins & outs of how Jesus was both God & man - specifically, that the Son was uncreated:
One Sunday, when a group of orthodox virgin women had gathered for prayer in a graveyard (those who said Jesus was created had taken over the church buildings), imperial troops seized them and kindled a great fire. They then tried to force the women to convert to [the view that Jesus was created] or else be thrown in the flames. When the women refused to abandon the Nicene faith, the soldiers stripped off all their clothes and beat their faces to a bloody pulp. [Needham, p.214]How can we not care about truth?