Acts 17:26: “From one man he made all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”

The book of Genesis starts out with the creation of a new species: mankind. And so the first human beings arrived on the scene. In the generations to follow human DNA diversified. Mankind became something like a variety show. We have different acts and different sets of actors. What we certainly don’t have is unity, even though we originally came from the same source.

The key to unity is to realize we are family. Family feuds are common but can be overcome. The way to oneness is respect. When we respect the otherness of the family member we gain access to resources that were previously unavailable – simply because of lack of communication. Defensiveness is such a waste!

Getting together from different angles and viewpoints is much more powerful than sticking together without venturing out. Unity does not require conformity. Agreeing to disagree is much more authentic than thinking alike. I believe 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 created us, carry us, know us, hear us, and love us dearly; last but not least: The Trinity saves us.

If we are coming from one man and are loved by one God, then unity is a possibility – actually better than a possibility and much more like a prophecy. The last chapter of the Bible talks about world peace, which is authentic peace as opposed to 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 and respects each individual. Embracing God we open ourselves up to widening our horizon. We learn to love like Jesus when we follow Him. His love is generous and unpretentious. The crowd of people worshiping God before the throne and before the Lamb comes from nations and tribes all around the world. Worshiping God in diversity is the future of mankind, made possible through the sacrificial intervention of the Trinity – because, let’s face it: if it wasn’t for God’s intervention peace would have remained 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 changes our heart if we give Him permission.

“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)

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