The book of Genesis starts out with the creation of a new species: mankind. The first human being arrived on the scene. In the generations that followed, the human DNA diversified. Mankind became something like a variety show. We have different acts and different actors. What we certainly don’t have is unity, even though we come from the same source.
The key to unity is to realize we are family. Family feuds are common but can be overcome. The key to oneness is respect. Once we respect the otherness of the family member we’re able to pull all the resources that were previously under lock and key, resources that were previously wasted in our defensiveness.
Getting together while coming from different angles and viewpoints is much more powerful than staying together without venturing out. Unity does not require conformity. Agreeing to disagree is more authentic than thinking alike. My hunch is that the Trinity is a great role model for getting together authentically. Members of the Trinity are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and they differ greatly from one another, however, their distinctiveness apparently is not driving them apart; if anything, the members of the Trinity are the glue of the universe. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit made us, hold us, carry us, know us, hear us, and love us dearly; last but not least: they save us!
If we are coming from one man and are loved by one God, then unity is not a dream but a possibility – actually better than a possibility and much more like a prophecy. The last chapter of the Bible is talking about world peace, authentic peace, not fake peace (Revelation 7:9):
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. “
God’s peace embraces different viewpoints, respects each individual and celebrates one another. That’s the future of mankind, through sacrificial intervention of the Trinity – because, let’s face it: without God’s intervention such peace would remain an unattainable dream.
God has a dream, and we will live to see it. It will be better than our wildest imaginations. Best of all: we don’t have to wait for it; we can live this dream right here and now. We can, because God can change our heart – if we allow Him to.
“Love is but the song we sing,
And fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Know the dove is on the wing
Though we don’t know why
C’mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Ev’rybody get together
Come on and love one another right now” (Chet Powers)