Finding True Unity
- 133 Look at how good and pleasing it is
- when families live together as one!
- 2 It is like expensive oil
- poured over the head,
- running down onto the beard—
- Aaron’s beard!—
- which extended over the collar
- of his robes.
- 3 It is like the dew on Mount Hermon
- streaming down
- onto the mountains of Zion
- because it is there that the LORD
- has commanded the blessing:
- everlasting life.
We live in a rather polarized age. We find it difficult to dwell together and learn from each other, and so we huddle in groups of like-minded folks. We find it difficult to even be in conversation with those from our own family (religiously), but is this wise? Or would we benefit by expanding our conversation partners?
Last evening, before heading off to teach a theology of ministry class for Licensed Ministry students, I dined with a new friend. John hails from another branch of the Stone-Campbell Movement, and teaches Bible at one of their colleges. Because of old arguments, our two branches don't speak to each other very often. We may be related, but we find it difficult to be together.
Now John and I wouldn't agree on every issue, but we discovered that we share a lot in common, and I look forward to further conversations. Hopefully, as a result, we can build some bridges between our branches.
And as the Psalmist makes so very clear -- this would be pleasing to God!
May we all seek to find ways of building bridges. Our world would be much better off!