I often hear people proclaim, “We just all need to come together”. Or some groups say, “We aren’t together like other groups are”.
The truth is that even though some cultures are inherently more cooperative, that there is no group, family, race, culture, nationality or cause that is truly totally united…at least for a prolonged amount of time.
Think about all of the great social movements, there have always been different approaches and ideas as to how to approach them.
As much as Dr. Martin Luther King is revered now, many of his contemporaries did not agree at his non-violent approach.
Without calling out any particular group, race, nationality, culture or cause… If you look closely into the other groups, races, nationalities, causes or cultures that are so called, UNITED, you will find great fragmentation and variance in all of them.
Progress is made and accomplishments are achieved not by uniting EVERYONE, but UNITING the RIGHT GROUP of people.
It is totally unrealistic to think that we can achieve total unity in any large-scale group in this imperfect world.
Jesus Christ, Yeshua, Himself did not ( and still does not) have total unity in His group, even though that is one of the main things He prayed for before He went to the cross.
John 17:20-23 (NKJV)
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[e] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they ALL MAY BE ONE, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be ONE IN US, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that THEY MAY BE ONE JUST AS WE ARE ONE: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made PERFECT IN ONE, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Jesus prayed for it because He wants us to work for unity. The more we work for unity, the more likely the RIGHT people will come together for the right things.
Yes, it does seem that some groups are more divided than others…but no group is totally united.
Jesus launched the church and changed the world forever…literally forever, with twelve men. He assembled the right group of people is the midst of great division. Those twelve men did the same, they assembled the right groups together to get the job done…and so on, and so on.
Now the and so on falls on US. Don’t worry about who won’t come together…focus on who will.
Because even though total unity is unrealistic, God still expects us to try.