Unity in the community
Pastor Mark Jeske
We live in an age of bitter disunity. Our national politics are shrill and rough. Political parties gerrymander districts to make them permanently safe for their party candidates. Social media that allows people to hide behind screen names has become a forum for abusive shaming and trolling. The business world is a jungle. Salespeople poach each other’s clients. People fake injuries in order to sue “deep pocket” companies and their insurers. Homeowners and big companies stiff their contractors.
Every difference between people—gender, race, age, ability/disability, ethnic background, religious beliefs, economic level—becomes a political wedge issue to divide us against each other. All these behaviors have the same sickness at the core—the worship of self. People want money, power, and pleasures for themselves and their tribe, and they don’t care on whom they step to get what they want.
There is another way, a better way—to think of the common good instead of just me/me/me. We have a mighty heavenly helper for that noble goal: “In Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 30:12). Money and power are terrible motivators for people to yield and sacrifice. But God’s love can help us transcend our divisions and actually care about people.
Let’s pray today that the hand of God will be upon us.
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