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Thoughts on unity and uniformity

Good morning, friends! We are drawing ever closer to the “Big Day,” aren’t we? Election day is right around the corner. There’s so much tension in the air that we could almost cut through it with a knife, right? Differing opinions run rampant. It almost feels like friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor, and even division within the churches. We are definitely not a nation of unity at this time. Maybe it’s simply more noticeable right now, as we all feel challenged to conform to things we never would have dreamed of in the past. Who is right? Who is wrong? Does it matter? How are we to handle the things we don’t support? Must we? Where will it all end anyway? Must I accept those who refuse to conform to the rules? Must I accept those who insist on following all the rules? Can’t I make good decisions for myself? I am an adult, you know. Where is all this leading, and when can it just stop, please? Could we step back and look at this from a distance? I believe we’d be horrified to realize what is really happening.

One thing I’ve learned through this period of time is that uniformity does not necessarily produce unity. Unity is only achieved through the bond of peace –.and we aren’t seeing much of that now, are we?

I believe unity can come about through diversity. Through accepting each others opinions and decisions, we can find peace. This is still America, right? The land of the free? We still have the freedom here to make sound decisions for ourselves. Why can’t everybody just love everybody anyway? Where does God fit into this?

The Bible tells us that everyone is right in their own eyes. It also says that there is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is death. Spiritual death comes about when all we dwell on is our own ways, our own wants, and insisting that others conform to our way of thinking. These only produce division, not unity. What’s the answer?

Jesus said that we should love the Lord, our God, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength — and love our neighbor as ourselves. I wonder how often we simply quote these words, but never really put any thought into their meaning. Loving the Lord above all else would shoot down any of our self preservation, wouldn’t it? If we were to love the Lord as we ought, wouldn’t we also love each other? Wouldn’t it change how we see all of life? There would be no need to defend ourselves or attack each other. Everything we did would be to show love to God and to love others sacrificially, as He loved us. Jesus laid down His life for us willingly, and we willingly ought to lay down our lives for each other. But, does that mean uniformity? I say “no.” I believe that as we learn to accept one another, even our differing opinions, true

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