Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus is written all over the universe. He was there when the Trinity came up with a plan to create living beings, planets, space, time, and dimensions. He fathered every life form, which is why He is intrinsically connected to everything that lives. He understands life from the inside out, which makes Him the prime candidate for reconciliation. He brings oneness to diversity.

Jesus is the heartbeat of creation, and He loves its variety. He is the God of crocodiles and ants, antelopes and snakes, frogs and dinosaurs, birds and snails, humans and angels, water creatures and land creatures, need I say more?

We have a very big God who encompasses our heritage, our past, present, and future. In His eyes there is no need to separate simply because we differ in opinions, physical appearance, cultural background and/or worldviews. For some reason it’s a human tendency to think that there is only one right way to do things, and I for one don’t think so – not after observing God’s ways, which are mysterious. God certainly has more than one way to do things right – and we won’t accuse Him of doing things the wrong way, won’t we? I deduct that we too have more than one way to do things right, and this is huge! It means we can relax on opinions for instance. There is no such thing as one correct political way to do things. I believe what counts is the motive. It’s important that we have the best interest of this planet at heart.

We live in a global community. No country is independent. We need each other, we cannot exist without one another. It’s similar to the outdoors. Tropical rainforests are called lungs of the Earth for a reason. The Sahara has global impact as well as the polar caps, not to mention the oceans. Disturb one particle of the globe, and the entire planet will sense its impact. The same is true with the animal kingdom. From top to bottom link of the food chain, each link is needed and contributes to the global community.

Notice that the global community is diverse.

So is the multilayered universe.

We are all not the same but we belong together. As we realize the profoundness of this truth we see the dawning of God’s Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 1:10: “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”

Have you ever pictured the Trinity as a hierarchy? I know I have. We tend to think in these lines since this is what we’re familiar with; and so we have trouble understanding how God operates. While God is everywhere and knows everything and potentially could run and rule every tiny little detail of His creation, He refrains from doing so. It’s very characteristic of God to delegate. A prominent example: His hands-off approach with planet Earth. He gave humans this planet as an assignment and made them chief administrators (Genesis 1:28):

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Members of God’s kingdom see themselves as caretakers of this planet, not owners – ruling out human greed, the seedbed of many wars and conflicts.

While human civilizations have been largely institutionalized, by contrast Heaven is not, which is why Church does not work very well as an institution. Church is best represented by believers focused on loving God and people. Throughout history, human institutions have repeatedly failed, especially in the area of unity. God’s concept of peace on the other hand took on flesh and blood with the arrival of the Prince of Peace, Jesus. He preached in His sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:9):

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Here is some exciting news: By pursuing peace God’s kingdom begins to form and establish wherever we go. That is why being a peacemaker is so powerful. For the same reasons, Paul wrote a letter to his Greek friends and asked them to avoid division; God knows, living by this code profoundly impacts the world we live in and ushers in the Kingdom to come!

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.  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)