The Ununited States of America is more divided, more polarized, more racially troubled, more socially screwed up, more un–united than we ever have been, certainly in my (Baby Boomer) lifetime.
So how do we get re-united? Can we ever reconcile our differences? Can we ever agree to disagree without engendering holier-than-thou condescension? Can we ever revive the first amendment as it was intended.
What does God’s word say about unity?“
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Psalm 133:1
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2
Can we ever live peaceably with our neighbors again whether they’re White or Black or Indian or Muslim or Catholic or Atheist or Jewish or Buddhist or Native American or Scientologist?
Congress can’t do it. Billy Graham’s folks can’t do it. The ACLU doesn’t want to do it. Lawyers wouldn’t know how to do it? The Church can’t do it. The government can’t do it. The Pentagon can’t do it. No committee could do it. No evangelist or bunch of evangelists could do it.
So. . .who’s left to fix it? You and me.
First, If it’s ever going to happen we’ll have to do it by acknowledging that God in His sovereignty and love for us is sovereign over everything that happens and will unite us in His purpose and will in His time in His way.
Secondly, I strongly believe our only shot at uniting us with each other is individually, one-on-one, choosing to develop friendships with those who are different from us. I have a Black barber and we are developing a friendship that enables us to talk about issues we both have as well as other racial and social issues. I have a growing relationship with a doctor from India where cultural differences give us plenty of things to talk about. Our next doo neighbors are Muslim and we are cultivating an awesome relationship with them and their boys. In all three relationships we are growing nite our countrycloser and living more united together.
That’s the only way we’re ever going to reunite our country if we reach out to those who are different and from different cultures, religions, beliefs and lifestyles.
Throughout God’s word He reminds us to do two things: love one another and when at all possible live united. So our mandate from God is crystal clear.
I was consulting with two of my brothers in Christ a few months ago. I was asking them to help me determine my purpose at this stage in my walk as an authentic disciple of Christ. I’m 74 years young, disabled from a stroke in 2018, deaf in one ear and confined to a wheelchair. I was a writer for 30+ years and I’ve been a blogger at For His Glory for just shy of ten years–long story short, I can’t go on mission trips any more or sing in the choir or do much that requires physical effort, but I can write.. so I continue to write the messages God gives me to share with my readers. I’m averaging 54 views on my blog each day. I’ll continue writing on my blog as long as I’m able until God calls me home.