There are so many reasons for separation in our society. Politics, religion, race, socioeconomic status, and so much more. All these things divide us and cause rifts among people. At the core of every person, we are truly all the same. We were created by God to be in communion with Him and one another. All people of every nation, tongue and creed have the same basic wants and needs. We all want love, we want to know and be known, we want to protect our families’, homes and the things we hold dear. From Bogata, Columbia to Tallinn, Estonia, we may interpret and exemplify our ideals in different ways which is often dictated by cultural norms but even still at the core, we are the same.
Somehow, however, this basic connection on a human level are not enough to unify us. They aren't enough to prevent wars or the evils we see on a daily basis. Everyone from their own paradigm is justified for their decisions regarding people they consider different from them.
Jesus came and showed us how to deal with all of these things. Jesus brought groups of people together who would never ordinarily be together and made them brothers and sisters. God desires this for the world but specifically for His church.
Psalm 133:1 reads, “. . . Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” and in John 13:35 Jesus tells his disciples, “ By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” Jesus solves all of our differences with one word, love. Jesus told His disciples that loving God and loving one another is the fulfillment of the law, that if you do these things that you don't even have to worry about “the law”, that by default we would already fulfill it just through loving.
Let us as believers lead the world in love. Let us be an example of a love that unifies in a world that tries so desperately to divide. Let us seek to know one another and grow in grace in areas of our differences. Let us reflect the love of Jesus who left the comfort of Heaven and came to earth to love us. Love is not always convenient or comfortable but love never fails.
As we pray for California, may our prayers come from a heart of love for God and people. He desires for His church to be one in spirit and to dwell together in unity.