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Would you say we live in a deeply divided nation? It seems that way, doesn’t it? People shout down those who disagree with them, whether on a college campus or in the street. No one wants to discuss or debate anymore. Many never seek to persuade others, just silence them. Others simple avoid the rancor and try to go about their daily lives.
The division is often between the political left and the right. But it also exists between those running the country and the country. The priorities of those in power do not overlap with the priorities of the common people. Many of the experts in power don’t even listen to the common people, vainly believing they know what’s best. Politicians motivate others to action through division and anger. The media pumps conflict and division, knowing it sells clicks and grabs attention.
And what about Christians? Do we approach each other with the same spirit of division that sours our culture? We’d bettered not. Listen to Ephesians 4:3-6, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called– one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (NIV)
Today, make every effort to preserve unity with other believers.
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