June 23 - Ephesians 4:3

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Paul just keeps hammering home the same message.  Divisiveness is never useful among a community of people and yet, as humans, it seems as if we prefer it more than we should.

Who among us doesn't like a good sports rivalry. Before you try to tell me that it is all in good fun; it might be that for you, but that’s not what it is created to do.

We believe in the greatness of our country, while separating ourselves from any other which might be different.

We compete in every part of our lives, creating division … because that is how we find ourselves in a better situation than we are now.  It is no surprise that as we climb over others on our way to success, we find ourselves at the top with few true relationships, only fawning acolytes.

United we stand, divided we fall?  Not so much in today’s society. As long as we can keep the competition divided among itself, we can succeed by preying on their weaknesses.

We are a culture where unity is frowned upon, unless we join up with the few like-minded folks in order to crush those who believe differently … or look differently … or attend a different university … or live in a different culture … on and on.

Do we really want peace?  Only if someone else brings and then gives us credit for it.

This isn't the American way, it isn't the best way to move ahead in our jobs or succeed in our hobbies.  But, it is the way to peace.