Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thoughts on unity

I’ve been having some discussions with friends on the unity of our nation and how the state of things today does not bode well. We are increasingly divided on issues all over the political spectrum. The issue of immigration brings to the forefront some of the key issues and I’ve read some opinions that are very thought provoking. One of them is on a friend’s blog, complete with an excellent quote from Teddy Roosevelt.

When we talk about unity and immigration, I think it is worthwhile to consider that we are all emmigrating to another nation of great importance, which we term as “The Kingdom of God”. Immigrants to that kingdom will not get to enjoy citizenship there until they, of their own free will, conform to the laws and customs of that kingdom. It is a melting pot in the most perfect sense, where a wide range of God’s children come together to be unified in a most perfect way. As Jesus put it: “That they may be one as we are.” (John 17:11) It seems unlikely that Jesus wanted the saints to merge together into a formless, identity-less mass of … something. Rather he wanted them to come together into a perfect union of thought and will. When we see as God sees, we will be alike in our determination to love and lift all those around us. When we know as God knows, contention in all its ugliness will disappear.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. I love how simply yet beautifully you've written it. It was just wonderful reading it. The world needs Jesus.