United We Stand, Divided We Fall
by Randy Kay
During a divisive period, it’s easy to get caught up in our many differences. From political beliefs to social identities, we disagree a lot. With different biases in the news, we often feel isolated and stressed. How do we overcome today’s era of division?
In an ideal world our differences would be celebrated, not resented. But thanks to a bombardment of negative information broadcast to us daily we cannot help but be influenced. When confronted with opposing views, our first natural reaction is to defend our position while coloring the other person as wrong.
If we are completely honest, our tendency is to emphasize our differences over our similarities. Truthfully, we hold more in common with others than may appear on the surface, but even that can fail to assuage our angst. Thankfully, we can be united in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul declared that all believers belong to Christ and that we all share a desire for redemption. We can certainly use what Hebrews 2:9 says that “Jesus sacrificed Himself for everyone…” as the means toward reconciliation through our shared belief in what Jesus did for you and me.
God created diversity to strengthen us, even when we view it as a challenge. True, diversity of thought can evoke anxiety or anger, but when considering alternative views we can actually bolster what we believe as true or modify our viewpoint in developing a more Christ-centered stance.
Here are a few suggestions:
Look for Ways to Return Love for Hate
Our responsibilities do not include judging indiscriminately. Consider the cliché about casting stones and glass houses. Instead of looking for faults in those who disagree with you, look for ways to show grace.
Read Bible Verses About Reconciliation
The Bible is brimming full of verses that command us to love one other, despite our differences. 1 Peter 1:22 states “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” Jesus noted the second greatest commandment as “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
Be the First to Forgive
Don’t wait for somebody else to make peace, take the lead. Jesus had every reason to avenge His persecutors, but instead He forgave them. Being a leader means finding the high road toward a constructive destination that unites us in love while emphasizing mutual agreements.
Loving one another as Jesus Christ loves us is not easy. That begins by recognizing our common need of a savior. Only then can we remove the log from our own eye to take care of the speck in our fellow human being’s eyes.
Randy Kay (randykay.org) is an ordained minister and has been a leader for several organizations, and a human development trainer. Randy Kay has been interviewed on numerous television, radio, and podcast shows. He has also authored six books and thousands of articles for publications such as Forbes.