WHere do we go from here?

Today marks 390 days since Covid 19 was declared a national emergency.  It has been 317 days since protests began in Minneapolis; 430 days since the first caucus for the election of  new leaders in our country;  91 days since protestors stormed our capitol; and 76 days since a new president stepped into  the white house. The last 13 months have been one of the most tumultuous times in our country and from the looks of things, we are not yet on the road to taming the turmoil.  Why?  Because we are divided.  We are no longer ONE nation under God, We are not united in the common good. We have been divided and the chasm that exists between us all seems to be  getting wider and deeper. 

Is this  summery negative and hopeless?   How do you feel? What issues have you had to personally face these past months? Do you feel divided from others?  Do you think there is a better way?                                                     

I feel all of those things, and I know there is a better way. 

I am not going to start a big debate. I am not going to instigate a fight. I am not going to tell you who to vote for. who to work for,  who to marry,  or what company to boycott. I  am not going to say what news program to watch or what social media platform to hang out on.  But I am going to tell you that all of this complicated political, economic, and social unrest in our country can be solved by one thing. 

 

Unity in Christ

  • It is that simple.
  • It is a choice.


There are a lot of people talking about unity.  We all know that is the problem. “We need to unite!”   So why aren’t we?  Because a large majority of people who are crying out to unite, are really saying “Think like me and everything will be fine.” We are declaring our own rules and our own boundaries for what others must do in order to unite with us.  We are failing to  acknowledge that there are two sides to every story and even more sides to people’s values, beliefs and commitments. We have been trying to force ‘those other people” into our box of acceptable attitudes. “You are wrong, I am right.” has been the normal format to discussions, and print articles,  media blurbs, and news broadcasts for quite some time. 

 

The same thing has happened throughout history.   It is human nature; it is genetic; it is socially learned behaviors; it is who we are. We are intelligent beings with minds that don’t all  follow the same thought process.  God intended it to be that way.  Our differences and imperfections are what make us perfect . We are perfectly and purposefully  mismatched so that together we can be complete.  We were meant to be different together and together united as one. Many gifts, one spirit. Many parts to the body under the head that is Christ.  One nation under God. 

As a human race, it appears that we are floundering to find a solution to the muddled mess of the last 13 months. We blame it on  the pandemic, or the politicians, or the police, or the Pope, or the protestors, or the pompous people who don’t think like us.  But we really can’t blame it on any of those things. 

Who can we blame it on? 

Ourselves. 

That’s right. It’s your fault. It’s my fault.  We have made choices that have brought us to this point. 

WE have caused this mess and it is up to us to clean it up.

How do we start?   

How do we navigate through this sea of disconnect? 

                                                                

We must first find our compass.

“….until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God  and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ,  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of every teaching and by the cunning and craftiness  of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Christ.  From Him, the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. ”  Ephesians 4: 13-16

” Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another………….Live at peace with everyone. ”  Romans  12; 9-16, 18b

I hear you. You are thinking:  “Its not that easy.” 

“There are so many important issues that we have to change.” 

“We can never agree.”   

 “We have to take control.”   

We…….We………We………. 

You……You…….You…….. 

I……I……I…… 

 

But it is that easy. 

It is a choice. 

Make the choice to love each other. REALLY love each other. Be unified in the common compass that we can get through this mire of murky madness and come out the other side in love and understanding with respect and common goals to make a better world for our children and our grandchildren.                                                                                                                       

Find your compass. 

Look up. 

1 thought on “Find Your Compass

  1. I love this, Shelly! Once again you have spoken what we are all thinking and needing to hear. I am hoping and praying that we will find that unity in Christ soon!

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