We all love to love each other. Don’t we?

No, we don’t. We just think we do.

What we really love is ourselves. And we love the feeling we get when someone else loves us. Loving others is just the price ya gotta pay for gettin’ some sugar.

At least that’s the way it seems to be for far too many. I’m beginning to suspect this kind of superficial love comes from culture (i.e. the world), and not from the heart.

Let me explain. For over two hundered years, America has tried to live up to it’s promise of being that shining city on a hill. While I won’t take time to delve into the theologial ramifications of that (that would require a thorough deconstruction of Dominionism), let’s just say that the promise of Utopia has led us into a culture of communitarian unity: a pipe dream that is unrealizable given the proclivity of mankind for sin.

So in pursuit of that unity we have compromised essential principles for the sake of the whole. We can’t tell people what we really think for fear of disrupting the unity.

But this is only a symptom. The underlying root of the problem in my view is a basic lack of courage to understand and defend your beliefs. The process of Diaprax serves to use that lack of understanding as leverage to supress opposition in a communitarian setting.

The result of this is that the only way to emotionally continue and sustain this kind of environment is to adopt a superficial view of love to preserve unity and prevent being ostracized from the group.

True meat-eating Christians need to understand this. And armed with the understanding of our beliefs, we are better able to defend them.

Regular practice of this leads to the development of the kind of courage you need to ‘stay in the game’ and stick up for the Truth.

Yes, sometimes contending for the faith can be messy. We shouldn’t be afraid of that. If the contenders are honest and stay close to the scripture, the Truth will eventually be found.

And that, folks, is the basis of true unity.


One response to “Unity

  1. For me the word unity has always been a “dirty” word. I had a visitor last week. My old neighbor from North Carolina. This man and his wife were passing through to visist an old army buddy in Iowa. My old neighbor, Clyde, is a retired Baptist preacher and his buddy is Catholic. He was telling us that they were going to go to church with this old friend because they didn’t want to hurt his feeling. They haven’t seen each other in over 30 years but he was afraid of hurting his feelings? When do we as Christians start thinking about hurting our Lord and saviors feeling? What does it mean to love someone? We are told in scripture to tell the thuth in love. My brothers have thought for years that I was part of a religion of hate because I would disagree with them. Look at what happened to Stephen as a example when he stood up and spoke the truth. Either the truth will draw someone to the Lord or it will cause them to go the other way. Our job is just to stand and bear withness to that thruth that the Lord has given us and what others do with it is between them and God. God Bless, Jan

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