This has been a week of disunity
So tonight I would like to talk about unity
There are more than a few biblical passages that suggest that when it comes to being God’s people, unity is it.
1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV / 838 helpful votes
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Colossians 3: And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
2 Corinthians 13:
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Ephesians 4:3 Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We live in a time of great hostility, and the temptation from which we must defend ourselves is to pull back from others, deny our shadow, and retreat into our own defended camps or isolated positions. This temptation is not detachment, but the giving over of ourselves to the illusion of separation. True spiritual action (as opposed to reaction) demands our own ongoing transformation, often changing sides to be where the pain is…
Richard Rohr, CAC note, 11/2/2020
this is a time of great hostility
it is also a time of great fear
a time of great anger
it is a time when every is entrenching
a time when both sides claim righteousness
and both sides claim
that if the other wins the world will come to an end
it will be the “end of the world as we know it!”
and so we have two parties
and hostility dominates
hate saturates the air
and saturates our souls
and we are naturally defensive
steeled against defeat
but also alienated
separated from one another
those people I have worshiped with
are they really people I might abandon because they support Trump?
am I really someone they would reject, because I am for Biden?
can I remember
can they remember
the time we spent together
at the side of graves
in the candle light of a Christmas Eve service
My task, in this time, is to go where the pain is
Not my pain, but their pain
and feel that pain, and feel the fear
that the country they love will become something
they no longer recognize?
Can I open my heart enough
can I tear down the walls?
can I build a bridge of love
across the ideological abyss?
This election, no one wins
If we end up in armed camps
If we end up separated from one another.
I am frightened by the specter
of white supremacy
of armed men patrolling the streets
I am in pain
Because of children separated from their children
LGBTQI friends being diminished and threatened
Colored people marginalized
Poor people abandoned
But I know that everyone is in pain
And I know
That if I can enter into the pain of other
Into their fear of loss, their struggle with ways that are different and frightening
Then “win” or “lose”
Something will emerge
That will be more than I can ask or imagine
It may seem illogical
But it is the way God works
When we open up, let go
When we die to our own dominance
Good things happen
And God knows we need
So let us not be armed camps
Let us not be closed
Let us have open hearts
And go to where the pain is
And in our common pain, find unity